Cries Of London Scraps
It is my pleasure to publish these modest Victorian die-cut scraps which are the latest acquisition in my ever-growing collection of the Cries of London. The Costermonger scrap has the name “W. Straker, Ludgate Hill” rubber-stamped on the reverse and - sure enough – by pulling the London Trade Directory for 1880 off the shelf, I found William Straker, Silver & Copperplate Engraver, Printer, Die Sinker, Wholesale Stationer & Stamp Cutter, 49/63 Ludgate Hill. These mass-produced images appeal to me with their vigorous life, portraying their subjects with their mouths wide open enthusiastically crying their wares – all leading players in the drama of street life in nineteenth century London.
Newspaper seller (The Star was published in London from 1788-1960)
Sandwich-board man (Dan Leno started his career in Babes in the Wood at Drury Lane in 1888)
You can read my feature about William Marshall Craig’s prints of the Cries of London in the September issue of World of Interiors on the newstands now.
You may also like to take a look at these other sets of the Cries of London