Muffin Seller

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    Though wining and dining was fashionable among the wealthy, eating out was possible for even the poorest members of eighteenth-century society. Most towns had a range of cook-shops and taverns where meals could be bought cheaply and drinks such as coffee and chocolate could be consumed. By mid-century there were perhaps 50,000 inns and taverns in Britain catering to all manner of customers. This is an advertisement for a baker named John Osgood, selling his wares at the Crown and Muffin in London's Lombard Street. 

     

    Shelfmark: C191c.16

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