Cries of London - Oranges

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    The picture is called Sweet China Oranges, Sweet China. - Both oranges and lemons were frequently sold in the streets of eighteenth century London. As the picture shows, the hawkers were not confined entirely to the ranks of women. The cry referred to "China" oranges, although the fruit was unlikely to have originated in that country. Actually the term described the sweet, or eating orange which had formerly been imported from China by way of Portugal.

    Although each call was probably quite individual this is one of them;
    Fine China Oranges, fine lemons, Sweet Juicy Oranges, fine Lemons fine, Buy my sweet oranges, Fine juicy oranges.

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