Cigarette card with a colour image of a man with a brass pot full of cucumbers balanced on his head, entitled 'Cowcumbers to Pickle.' Text on reverse reads: 'The seller of cucumbers seems to have varied his cries somewhat. In the days of Elizabeth he cried “Buy any cocumber,” and sixty years later he cried “I ha’ ripe cowcumber, ripe cowcumber.” An 18th century engraving of a woman selling cumcumbers bears the title, “Delicate cowcumbers to pickle,” and a woodcut of a rather late date invites us to “Buy green and large cucumbers, green and large cucumbers, twelve a penny.”' Number 13 in a set of 25 cigarette cards entitled 'Cries of London'. Issued by John Player & Sons, a branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. Ltd.
These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.
The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.
If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org