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An illustration of a flower girl holding both a large basket of flowers and a child, from 'London: a Pilgrimage' by Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Doré, 1872. Henry Mayhew in 'London Labour and the London Poor' (1861) records that there were two types of flower girls, those who "avail themselves of the sale of flowers in the streets for immoral purposes" and those girls "who, wholly or partially, depend upon the sale of flowers for their own support or as an assistance to their parents. Some of them are the children of street-sellers, some are orphans, and some are the daughters of mechanics who are out of employment, and who prefer any course rather than an application to the parish."
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