Old publications about street cries

Street cries were once a popular subject of songs and literature in Britain, continental Europe and elsewhere. Each month throughout 2018 I'll be scanning and transcribing publications to build this collection.

Introductory page

The Cryes of the City of London Drawne after the Life 1688

Twelve London Cries done from the Life 1760

Cries of London, as they are daily exhibited in the Streets 1796

The New Cries of London, with Characteristic Engravings 1803

Russian Cries 1809

Six Charming Children 1812

The Moving Market: or, Cries of London 1815

The Cries of London, Shewing How to Get a Penny for a Rainy Day c. 1820

The Moving Market; or, Cries of London c. 1820

The Cries of London, for the Instruction and Amusement of Good Children c. 1820

Sam Syntax's Description of the Cries of London 1821

Costume of the Lower Orders of the Metropolis 1822

The Cries of London, Drawn from Life 1823

London Melodies; Or, Cries of the Seasons c. 1825

The New-York Cries, in Rhyme c. 1825

The Cries of London, Coloured c. 1830

The Cries in the Streets of London c. 1830

The Cries of London: Exhibiting Several of the Itinerant Traders 1839

Knight's London: Street Noises 1841

New Cries of London 1844

City Cries: Or, a Peep at Scenes in Town 1850

Les Cris de Paris: Marchants Ambulants 1850

Alphabetical London Cries 1852

Cries of London c. 1854

Alphabet Grotesque des Cris de Paris 1861

Scenes and Cries of London 1861

London Street Cries1867

The Street-Music of Calcutta c. 1880

Bombay Beggars and Criers 1892

The Cries of London 1892

Boston Street Cries 1899

Grenadier 'Street Cries' cigarette cards 1902

Noisy Street Cries 1902

A Walk through the Bazaars of Damascus 1906

Street Cries of an Old Southern City 1910

Players 'Cries of London' cigarette cards, 2nd series 1916

Wonderful London: London Cries 1927

Calls, Sounds and Merchandise of the Peking Street Peddlers 1936

Les Cris de Paris 1950

All plates


12 London Cries done from the Life by P. Sandby 1760.

My pretty little Gimy Tarters, for a ha’penny a Stick or a penny a Stick, or a Stick to beat your Wives or Dust your Cloths.

Any Tripe or Neats Feet or Calves Feet or Trotters ho’, Hearts, Liver, or Lights.

Will your Honour buy a Sweet Nosegay or a Memorandum Book.

All Sorts of Earthen ware. Plates three ha’pence a piece, Washhands Basons two pence a piece. A white Stone Mug or a Tea pot.

The Walking Stationer. Memorandum books a penny a piece of the Poor blind. God bless you pity the Blind.

A pudding a pudding a hot pudding. The Grand Machine from Italy Bake as I go.

Rare Mackarel Three a Groat Or Four for Sixpence.

All fire and no Smoke, a very Good Flint or a very Good Steel, do you want a Good Flint and Steel.

Rare Meltin Oysters, rare Stewing Oysters.

Do you want any Spoons any hard-mettle spoons. Have you any Old Brass or Pewter to sell or change?

Fun upon Fun, or the first and second part of Miss Kitty Fishers Merry thought. No Joke like a True Joke. Come, who’l Fish in my Fishpond?