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Advert For H. Lees, Grocer

Advert For H. Lees, Grocer

Printer: Thompson, G. F.

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1882/11/08

Shelfmark: Evan.6603

Item number: 6603

Genre: Leaflet

It was hard to store food in the 19th century so people shopped in very small quantities. Hawkers sold hot drinks and simple food that could be eaten straight away like jacket potatoes, meat pies and cooked fish. They also sold a few luxury items like oranges, lemons and pineapples. The supply of fruit and vegetables to cities like London was completely transformed by the development of the railways. Produce could be transported quickly and cheaply from the countryside making fruit and vegetables cheaper and more widely available. Greengrocers and speciality fruit stores opened selling fruit like figs, tomatoes and prunes, which had been unheard of before.

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