23.10.10

London Criers

I am quite the collector of curiosities, oddities, forgotten fings and general junk.

On my recent stumble through an old junk shop I happened across a little stack of old cigarette cards. I paid the handsome sum of 50pence for them and off I went to sit somewhere quite where I could admire them.

The cards are entitled; "The Cries of London". They date back to 1916 and they depict the sellers and vendors that sold a host of goods and services on London's streets during the 1800s. They drew attention to themselves by shouting out characteristic songs to advertise their wares. That is quite enough history for today I think.



I scanned in a couple of my faves for you to see:

Anyone fer sum 'ot peeez?


'Ows about a mop then?


A fine person of obvious discerning taste like you needs a Singing Glass!


I love it so when I come across such fascinating glimpses of the past.

13 comments:

  1. great find.
    howz ya weekend going?
    did you brush your teeth and say your prayers...haha?

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  2. I love little finds like this! I wish we had more junk shops and markets round my end. When I lived in Bristol there was an endless supply of little gems like this.
    xx

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  3. wow, I've never seen cigarette cards before. what are they actually for? o.o
    They do remind me of tarot cards though.

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  4. @ Mint - Cigarette cards were trading cards that came in packs of cigarettes. Promise they are nothing like tarot cards! For a start, they are so very much smaller.

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  5. Cigarette cards?!! Oooh, so they are something like the chocolate frog cards in Harry Potter?

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  6. This is awesome! I love going to vintage stores or little antique shops - you always find some little gem. Love those cards!

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  7. I love the idea of trading cards - and these ones also seem very educational! Were the 'fine singing glasses' the precursors to vuvuzelas? They look almost the same (though incredibly fragile in comparison, I'd bet).

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  8. ooooh! I've never heard of these! what a wonderful treasure find! :)

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  9. These are brilliant. What a wonderful glimpse into the past. Thank you for sharing. Xxxx

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  10. how fun! i love little pieces of the past (: especially the glass horn - how fascinating to see one now!

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  11. how fun! i love little pieces of the past (: especially the glass horn - how fascinating to see one now!

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  12. This is awesome! I love going to vintage stores or little antique shops - you always find some little gem. Love those cards!

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  13. great find.
    howz ya weekend going?
    did you brush your teeth and say your prayers...haha?

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