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From My Scrap Collection

January 29, 2014
by the gentle author

For some time, I have been collecting Victorian scraps of tradesmen and street characters, and putting them in a drawer. So these damp days at the end of January gave me the ideal opportunity to search through the contents and study my collection in detail. I am especially fascinated  by the mixture of whimsical fantasy and social observation in these colourful miniatures, in which even the comic grotesques are derived from the daily reality of the collectors who once cherished these images.

Street Photographer

Exotic Birds

Sweets & Dainties

Acrobat & Performing Dog

Performing Dogs

The Muffin Man

Street Musician

Street Musician








Lounge Lizard



Spraying the roads


Knife Grinder

Scottish Herring Girls followed the shoals around the East Coast, gutting and packing the herring.

Herring Girl

You may like to see these other scraps from my collection

Cries of London Scraps

Victorian Tradesmen Scraps

11 Responses leave one →
  1. January 29, 2014

    On this freakishly-frigid night in the deep South of the U.S. (Mississippi), I have been spending sweet time going through my collection of old books, playbills, scrapbooks, and 19th century advertising and post-cards. What wonderful synchronicity to view your collected “scraps,” as well, and so beautifully photographed! These are remarkable images to cherish. Thank you.

  2. January 29, 2014

    These are really interesting, and all in such good condition – great collection. Valerie

  3. good-tree permalink
    January 29, 2014

    The colours in the dresses of the herring girls are wonderful.

  4. January 29, 2014

    thank you so much , great pictures , you are a winner , please keep them coming

  5. January 29, 2014

    Gorgeous illustrations in their own vintage print quality!

    Love & Peace

  6. January 29, 2014

    These are wonderful and, as your first commenter said, really beautifully photographed. I especially love the herring girls. The street musician seems to be beating his drum with a beetle!

  7. January 29, 2014

    A wonderful collection.

  8. Gary Arber permalink
    January 29, 2014

    I was interested to note the milkman.
    When I was a child in the 1930’s our milkman came round in one of the chariot shaped carts as illustrated in your collection. I can see him now, Mr. Sutton from Sutton’s Dairies with four big churns on his cart. His milk was creamy, none of the skim dried liquid that we drink today.

  9. Barbara Hague permalink
    January 29, 2014

    This one is truly fascinating.
    Have just been taking turns of talking about one of our ancestors’ jobs in family history group meetings. Must show them this!

  10. Ronald permalink
    February 1, 2014

    Your daily posts are always so unexpectedly diverse. I have no idea what the next may be like.

    What period of time do these scraps represent?

  11. Juliet shipman permalink
    February 11, 2014

    One of your best – just beautiful

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