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Julius Mendes Price’s London Types, 3

August 21, 2013
by the gentle author

This is the third set of London Types designed and written by artist Julius Mendes Price and issued by Carreras with Black Cat Cigarettes in 1919. Of particular note are the Billingsgate Fish Porters who almost survived another century, only to be abolished in 2012, and the Lodging House Keeper – a ‘Rowton House’ in Whitechapel persisted until recent years when it was converted into executive flats.

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

Julius Mendes Price’s London Types 1

Julius Mendes Price’s London Types 2

John Player’s Cries of London

More John Player’s Cries of London

Faulkner’s Street Cries

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  1. August 21, 2013

    These are so beautifully drawn and printed, they have a special quality don’t they. I like the Sally Army woman (want her costume!) and the boy scout (who appears to be about 37). My favourite is the poor old bath-chair man, resigned to his lot.

  2. Peter Holford permalink
    August 21, 2013

    Unbelievably our scout troop (4th Putney) were still wearing the old wide-brimmed hat into the mid-1960s. We used to get some stick from other troops. I don’t remember getting rid of it but I guess my dad would have stuck it in the bin as soon as I left the scouts. He loved ‘getting rid’!

  3. August 22, 2013

    These cards are fascinating; they really give an evocative glimpse into the past. I love the writing on the back!

  4. September 4, 2013

    I remember seeing open air chair menders in the Kings Road around ‘World End’, up until the mid 1970s or perhaps even later. Knife grinders too, when I lived in Southfields South London during the 1970s. A traveling knife grinders used to knock at our door and see if we had knifes that needed sharpening. It was always my intention to photograph them, but alas I never did.,

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