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March’s New Cries Of London

August 6, 2016
by the gentle author

Even though it is nine months since my CRIES OF LONDON book came out, yet I still cannot resist collecting more, especially when they are as appealing as those in this lovingly-handmade booklet from the early nineteenth century that I acquired for just a couple of pounds recently. The street names in the background of these images fascinate me, and I wonder if that is ‘White Hart Court’ Bishopsgate, in the first picture?


You may like to explore these sets of Cries of London

John Player’s Cries of London

More John Player’s Cries of London

Faulkner’s Street Cries

Samuel Pepys’ Cries of London

More Samuel Pepys’ Cries of London

Kendrew’s Cries of London

London Characters

Geoffrey Fletcher’s Pavement Pounders

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

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

Cries of London Snap Cards

Julius M Price’s London Types

4 Responses leave one →
  1. August 6, 2016

    Love the man with lobsters on his head. And the idea of “flying dustmen”.

  2. Ros permalink
    August 6, 2016

    These are absolutely wonderful – perhaps a Gentle Author’s Cries of London vol 2 beckons?

  3. August 6, 2016

    This reminds me of a book for children and one that doesn’t patronise.

    The reference to the new law on use of child chimney sweeps brings to mind something I discovered through some recent research, which was the boys were cheaper to ‘buy’ than newly developed technology in brush design. Thank goodness for philanthropic influence on employment law.

    I took note of the background detail in these illustrations as directed and was amused by the ‘bustle making’ service advertised in ‘Buy a Broom’. I hope the proprietors were able to turn their hands to other fashions when bustles went out.

  4. Stephen Barker permalink
    August 9, 2016

    Lucky you buying that for a few pounds. Volume 2 of the Cries of London sounds a good idea.

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