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Faulkner’s Street Cries

January 11, 2018
by the gentle author

These cards produced by W. & F. Faulkner Ltd and issued with Grenadier Cigarettes in 1902 are a favourite discovery in my ongoing exploration of all the versions of the Cries of London created down through the ages. Even the most sentimental images can reveal something of the reality of the working lives of hawkers, and I especially like this precisely observed set of surly, cantankerous portraits which convey the relentless nature of street trading with a mixture of wit and affection.

Flypaper seller.

Cats’ meat man.

Ice cream seller.

Chimney sweep.

Knife grinder.


Baked potato seller.


Lavender seller.

Newspaper seller.

Novelties seller.

The muffin man.

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

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

Adam Dant’s  New Cries of Spittlefields


5 Responses leave one →
  1. January 11, 2018

    Oh that’s a lovely set!
    Please make posters1

  2. Delia Folkard permalink
    January 11, 2018

    These cheeky cards must be my favourite so far!

  3. January 11, 2018

    I’m pleased that the cats’ meat man is not smoking and thus not contaminating the cats running alongside him!

  4. January 11, 2018

    ‘Scissors to grind’ is, to me, a finely observed and executed artwork. I imagine that whoever acquired it originally admired its virtues while trying to suppress a hacking, filter-less cough.

  5. Andi Hajar permalink
    August 23, 2021

    I love this street cries. Through street cries cards we can learn about history. Thank you Gentle Author!

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