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Flower girls: 1872

Gustave Doré

Flower girls: 1872
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

Full image caption

An illustration of four flower girls, from 'London: a Pilgrimage' by Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Doré, 1872. Henry Mayhew in 'London Labour and the London Poor' (1861) records an interview with two orphan flower girls: ' I buy my flowers at Covent Garden; sometimes, but very seldom, at Farringdon. I pay 1s for a dozen bunches, whatever flowers are in. Out of every two bunches I can make three, at 1d a piece .. The two of us doesn't make less than 6d a day, unless it's very ill luck.... We do better on oranges ... We make 1s a day, and 9d a day, on oranges, the two of us'. [12d, or 1s, = 5p]

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1872 AD - 1872 AD
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