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The Swell On The Stock Exchange part 03

The Swell On The Stock Exchange part 03

Composer: Lynn, Carr

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1876

Shelfmark: H.1778.z.(60.)

Item number: Tract (60.)

Genre: Printed Music and Illustrated Cover

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The London Stock Exchange dates back to the 17th Century when dealers would meet to buy and sell stocks and shares. By the 19th Century a new premises was built to accommodate the number of dealers and a site between Threadneedle Street and Throgmorton Street was chosen. Dealers were very successful gentlemen, very highly thought of and would have dressed to enhance this image. 'Swells' were young men who tried to rise above their social standing, trying to become 'gentlemen'. The lyrics of this song, 'Everything I touch turns to gold' gently mocks these young men trying to be like the dealers.

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