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My Scrap Collection

October 20, 2018
by the gentle author

For some time, I have been collecting Victorian scraps of tradesmen and street characters. 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

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  1. Patricia permalink
    October 20, 2018

    These characters scraps are real beauties. I especially love the non harsh colour techniques.

  2. Gary Arber permalink
    October 20, 2018

    I can remember the milkman coming around in a chariot type cart with churns and bottles when I as a child in the early 1930’s, a hangover from the Victorian era.

  3. Peter Morris permalink
    October 21, 2018

    Oh dear, I recently binned a good 200 of these scraps, thinking they had been cutout of books!

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