Street cries of the world

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.


This is an early 1950s facsimile of the 1836 edition of ‘The New York Cries in Rhyme’, but the publisher responsible for the re-issue is unknown. Despite the claim after the preface that the book has been made ‘exactly as it was printed by Mahlon Day in 1836’, the ink colours look more modern and the typesetting more even than might be expected from an early 19th century chapbook.

The New-York Cries in Rhyme cover

The New-York Cries in Rhyme title page


NEW-YORK is 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 leveled, 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.

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There have been a few changes in New York since this little volume was published, and the old street cries are stilled forever. But we thought you might like to have the book exactly as it was printed by Mahlon Day in the year 1836.

New milk

Sand O!

Beans, peas, &c.

Scissors to grind!

Hot corn!

Sweep O!






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