Esoteric London

No. 972: Fleet Street, EC4

Posted in Lettering, London Labour by esotericlondon on November 19, 2013

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Fleet Street, London, EC4. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Days and Nights in London; or Studies in Black and Gray – J. Ewing Ritchie, 1880:

The newsboys are, of course, the most prominent of our street salesmen, and they affect the City for many reasons. In the first place, in and around the Mansion House there is a finer opening for business than anywhere else; and in the second place, a City business is often a very remunerative one. City men who have made their thousands on the Stock Exchange or elsewhere are not particular in the matter of change; and a fourpence or a sixpence is often the reward of the lad who is the first to rush up to a City swell as he leaves his office with a “third hedition of the Hecho,” or a special Standard with some important telegram. In wet weather times go very hard with these poor fellows. On the contrary, when it is fine, business is brisk. They rely much on sensational telegrams.

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