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Cries Of London Snap Cards

February 7, 2013
by the gentle author

It has been a while since I added to my collection of Cries of London down the ages, so I was delighted to acquire these beautiful cards recently for a mere couple of pounds. For me, their patina after more than century of use in games of Snap only enhances the appeal of these characterful portraits of industrious Londoners of the eighteen-nineties.

You may also like to take a look at these other sets of the Cries of London

London Characters

Geoffrey Fletcher’s Pavement Pounders

Faulkner’s Street Cries

William Craig Marshall’s Itinerant Traders

London Melodies

Henry Mayhew’s Street Traders

H.W.Petherick’s London Characters

John Thomson’s Street Life in London

Aunt Busy Bee’s New London Cries

Marcellus Laroon’s Cries of London

John Player’s Cries of London

More John Player’s Cries of London

William Nicholson’s London Types

John Leighton’s London Cries

Francis Wheatley’s Cries of London

John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana of 1817

John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana II

John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana III

Thomas Rowlandson’s Lower Orders

More of Thomas Rowlandson’s Lower Orders

Victorian Tradesmen Scraps

Cries of London Scraps

New Cries of London 1803

Adam Dant’s  New Cries of Spittlefields

7 Responses leave one →
  1. February 7, 2013

    I just wish we had the same repairing service so easily available – although I guess the internet offers most of the things in your selected Cries of London above. Really enjoyed the pix. Thanks. Nicola

  2. February 7, 2013

    Great cards! What’s Hokey Pokey?

  3. February 7, 2013

    I checked back to see if there was an answer and then googled :

    Definition of hokey-pokey
    1 [mass noun] dated ice cream sold on the street, especially by Italian street vendors.


  4. Gary permalink
    February 7, 2013

    Hokey Pokey was still around when I was a child in the 1930’s, it was a white ice cream that was frozen into very hard blocks, it made your teeth ache, I can still feel the pain.

  5. Gary permalink
    February 7, 2013

    I have just remembered the vendors cry,
    “Hokey Pockey, penny a lump”
    Gary (again)

  6. Maureen Gardner permalink
    February 8, 2013

    I had a set of these cards in the 1930’s when I was about four. One I remember well was Mr Bun the Baker. What happy times we had playing Snap.

  7. July 25, 2017

    I have a set of these cards in my collection and recently listed them for sale in my online tictail shop, along with many more vintage British games.

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