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Engraved illustration based on a photograph showing a young girl selling boxes of matches. The round-faced child wears a plaid pinafore over her dress, and boots, and a length of fabric crossed over her chest. She holds a box of matches in one hand, and a sack containing her stock in the other. Lucifer matches were early self-igniting matches. The illustration appeared in Henry Mayhew s 'London Labour and the London Poor: The condition of those that will work, cannot work, and will not work', Vol. 1., 'London Street-Folk', first published in 1861.
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