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Record 1262

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews a long-song seller: to sell ballads he not only cries their titles, but also sings the songs he has for sale in print. "I sometimes begin with singing or trying to sing, for I'm no vocalist, the first few words of any song, and them quite loud..."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1840 and 31 Dec 1849
Country: England
Time: daytime
Place: city: London
other location: street
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
passive reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: long-song seller
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
people using the street, purchasers and potential purchasers
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: n/a
Genre: Poetry, Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Broadsheet, broadside ballads
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 1262  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry Mayhew
  Editor: n/a
  Title: London Labour and the London Poor
  Place of Publication: n/a
  Date of Publication: 1861
  Vol: 1
  Page: 221
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (1861), 1, p. 221,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:



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