Fairground drinks stall, c 1898.
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A photograph by Paul Martin of men at a fairground in about 1898. A man in shirt sleeves takes a cooling drink from a drinks stall. The vendor stands nearby on a crate. On the left a sign for oysters reads 'A'int they grand?' At the time, oysters were a popular cheap snack. This is one of a number of photographs taken by Paul Martin at a fair, posibly in one of the London parks. Paul Martin is regarded as a pioneer of photo journalism. In 1892 he bought a 'Facile' - a popular hand camera made by Fallowfield of London. With his camera disguised as a leather case, he was able to work unobserved, taking the candid photographs of daily life which are recognised as his greatest work.