Street trader: pieman

#Picture Number TP112

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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a street trader, a pieman, and a boy and a girl tossing pennies to win a pie. ‘To “toss the pieman” is a favourite pastime with costermongers’ boys … if the pieman win the toss, he receives 1d without giving a pie; if he lose, he hands it over for nothing. The pieman himself never tosses, but always calls head or tail to his customer.’ (Mayhew, ‘London Labour and the London Poor’, 1851)