cigarette card

Cigarette card with a colour image of a man carrying a basket on one arm with his other hand resting on his hip, entitled 'Buy my Right Yorkshire Cakes, Buy my Muffins' Number 21 in a set of 25 cigarette cards entitled 'Cries of London'. Issued by John Player & Sons, a branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. Ltd. Text on reverse reads: 'During the summer hot loaves for breakfast and tea were cried in the street at eight am and four pm. In the winter the crier substituted muffins and crumpets. The muffin man seems to have been quite a popular personage, for Dibdin wrote a song about him, introducing his cry in the chorus - “Lily-white muffins, O, rare crumpets smoking,/Hot Yorkshire cakes, hot loaves and charming cakes, /One-a-penny, two-a-penny Yorkshire cakes!”

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