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London Transport Petticoat Lane poster of a Jewish peddler

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.244

London Transport poster of a Jewish peddler advertising Petticoat Lane Market near Aldgate East underground station. It is from a painting by Elijah Albert Cox titled, Petticoat Lane, silk hat and tie vendor, part of the series, London Characters, created by Cox for the Underground Railway Company. Other pictures were a flower woman, conductor, Covent Garden porter, and newsboy. The poster was made to display on bus front panels and tram side panels. The series continued a popular tradition of English pictures, known as Cries of London, about colorful and familiar characters who made their living on the London streets. Petticoat Lane Market, still in business, is one of the oldest market sites in London, in an area known as the Jewish East End from the 1880s through the second World War. The arrival of large numbers of East European Jews caused a resurgence of street vendors, and Jews were the main traders in the Market. Immigrants with no resources would acquire goods on credit and immediately begin selling on the streets. The Lane was also a center of criminal activity, especially for fences and dealers in stolen goods, such as Ikey Solomon, a real life version of Fagin in Dickens' Oliver Twist. The poster is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Artwork Title
London Characters: Petticoat Lane
publication/distribution:  1920-1900
publication: Westminster (London, England)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:30:21
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