'Buy my dutch biskets', trade card, 1916.
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The card shows a street hawker in cap, apron and buckled shoes with a basket of biscuits under her arm. 'Dutch biskets' were novelty biscuits that probably came to England during the reign of William and Mary. Number 9 in the 1916 series 'Cries of London, 2nd Series' by John Player & Sons. The images on these cards are based on a variety of 17th-18th century engravings that portrayed street traders hawking their wares. The most notable of these was the series 'The Cryes of London' drawn by Marcellus Laroon in 1687. However, many other series followed, such as the hand-coloured engravings produced in 1792-1796 by Francis Wheatley.