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"Will you have any Matches to-day? Twenty bunches for 6d"
To sell matches, is the employment of women and children, who make a few pence honestly, by splitting pine or cedar sticks, or procuring a long thin shaving, the ends of which they dip in brimstone, which when touched by a spark, will blaze directly. Though a small matter, it is a great convenience to house-keepers.
This is a very humble business, but it is not to be despised on that account.
- The New-York Cries, in Rhyme Published in 1828 Available from books.google.com
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- Tuesday 14 April 2020
- 19th Century, America, New York, Occupations, Street Seller