cigarette card

Cigarette card with a colour image of a man pushing a wheelbarrow piled with logs, entitled 'Wood, Three Bundles a Penny' Number 22 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: ' The itinerant seller of firewood is, of course, still with us. He was a familiar figure in the streets of London in the far-off days before coal came into general use as fuel. At that time woodmen not only sold wood but went about with axes and cleaves slung behind them, crying “Do you have any wood to cleave?” The introduction of coal, however, brought them into rivalry with the dealers in small coal. '

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