Old publications about street cries

Street cries were once a popular subject of songs and literature in Britain, continental Europe and elsewhere. Each month from 2018 onwards 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

London Cries for Children 1810

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-Cries of New York1870

The Cries of Sydney 1876

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

Owbridge's Old London Cries & Characters c. 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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James, Egbert, Printer.

[Entered according to an Act of Congress, in the year 1825, in the Clerk’s Pffice, in the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.]


New-York is built on the south end of the Island of Manhattan, now called New-York Island. The noble river Hudson or North River, flows along its north-west side, while the East River, which unites with the majestic Long-Island Sound, waters the south east border. It is thought that no place in the world, embraces so many natural advantages for commerce and trade as the port of New-York. None, perhaps, is in a more flourishing condition, than it is at this time. A great many buildings have been recently erected, and we may behold whole squares and magnificent structures, going up in various parts of the city. Vessels from almost every commercial country, may be seen in this port; and the steam-boats, in the summer, are numerous, and ply in all directions.

By great labor and expense, the numerous hills in that part of the island on which the city is building, have been levelled, and valleys and swamps have been filled up. Only a few years ago, there was a lake of fresh water called the Collect, in the middle of the city, which is now firm land; and spacious streets and stately buildings, now occupy a place, where the boys of New-York formerly spent many hours in skating!

New-York Island is 15 miles long, and from one to two miles broad. It is laid out in spacious streets and avenues, with large squares and market-places. The circuit of the city is about eight miles, and the number of buildings which it contains, is estimated at 45,000, and the inhabitants rising 300,000.