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Cats' Meat Man: c.1901

John Galt

Cats' Meat Man: c.1901
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 31cm

Full image caption

The cat's meat man pushed his barrow around East End streets selling cheap meat to families as pet food. Often horsemeat, it was unfit for human consumption and sometimes even too rotten for pets. The decoration on the house marks the coronation of Edward VII. A missionary from the London City Mission is standing in the centre with the family.
This photograph is one of many taken by John Galt, a missionary with the London City Mission and an amateur photographer. The photographs show conditions in the East End and were used to illustrate lantern slide lectures which were given to raise funds for the work of the mission. Galt’s intention was to show that, contrary to popular middle-class belief, the people of the East End were worthy of salvation.

Image Details

1901 AD - 1902 AD
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