Selling second-hand shoes

Victorian illustration to download showing a ‘translator’, a man who buys old shoes and mends them to make them wearable again. He works in his cellar, hammering nails into a sole. His wife stands on the pavement outside with a row of mended shoes beside her to sell. She holds her baby wrapped in her shawl. Both man and wife wear ragged, patched clothes. This illustration was drawn in Seven Dials, in the 19th century one of the most notorious slum areas of London. Monmouth Street, later re-named Dudley Street, was a centre for the selling of second-hand clothes and shoes, and was known as ‘the burial-place of the fashions’.