Advert for the Canadian Fruit & Produce Depot
Medium: Print on paper
In the 19th century fruit was largely seen as an addition to one's basic diet - indeed, almost as a luxury. This was particularly true of tinned or processed fruits. These would generally have been used to bake cakes or pies, but the cost of other ingredients such as sugar ruled them out of the average working class budget.
By the end of the century, however, fresh fruit was selling well among all strata of society. Raspberries and gooseberries could be eaten 'raw' by the working classes, but also used to make jams and conserves by the middle and upper classes.