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Sweet China Oranges, sweet China! Stipple engraving published in 'Cries of London'. A man with a basket of oranges on a shoulder strap before him and another on the street behind him sells oranges to two young women against a Georgian street backdrop. Many Jews arrived in London at this time without money or skills. Some borrowed money from fellow Jews to set up businesses as street traders. During the 18th century many sold fruit on the streets. According to court records, some gained a bad reputation for giving counterfeit coins as change. However, others gradually built up their trade, and were eventually able to become grocers or wholesale fruit and vegetable vendors with their own premises.
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