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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

Front matter and introduction

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CITY CRIES: OR, A PEEP AT SCENES IN TOWN

CITY CRIES:
OR,
A PEEP AT
SCENES IN TOWN.
BY AN OBSERVER.

Illustrated with twenty-four Designs by Croome.

PHILADELPHIA:
GEORGE S. APPLETON, 164 CHESTNUT ST.
NEW YORK:
D. APPLETON & CO., 200 BROADWAY.
1850.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1849, by
GEO. S. APPLETON,
in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States,
in and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


INTRODUCTION.

EVERY stranger from the country, who comes to the city, is astonished at the variety of noises which assail his ears on every side. Instead of the more quiet scenes which he is accustomed to, he now hears the constant rumbling of heavy drays, carts, and carriages over the pavement, and the bawling cries of all sorts of petty traders, and jobbers crying their commodities, or offering their services in the streets. He is amazed at this Babylonian confusion, and longs to return to the quiet of his home once more. But, before he returns he wishes to know what all this noise and confusion tends to, what it all means, where these crying, bawling people come from, and how they live.

Our little volume is designed to answer his questions, and to bring order and system out of all this din and chaos. By reading it, one perceives that these noisy people all perform important uses in society. They supply wants of the citizens, and earn an honest penny by the exercise of a very humble craft. In our little book, the denizen of the city will recognise many an old acquaintance, “done after nature,” “drawn to the life,” by that clever artist, Mr. Croome. We trust that every visitor from the country, and every resident of the city, will secure this pretty volume; and when read, we hope they will not forget to present their little friends with a copy for their libraries.