Cries of London - Chairs to Mend

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    The picture is called Old Chairs to Men. - Chair-menders were in great demand in the eighteenth century, because, as the cry says, the chairs of the mass of people were of the 'rush or cane-bottomed' type. The cry itself has a somewhat melnacholy sound, probably due to the fact that the chair-menders as a whole were rather elderly, and unable to use their voices comfortably over as wide a range of notes as their younger fellows.

    Although each call was probably quite individual this is one of them;
    Chairs to mend, old chairs to mend, Rush or cane bottomed chairs to mend, If I had the money that I could spend, I never would cry old chairs to mend, Rush or cane bottomed chairs to mend, chairs to mend old chairs to mend

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