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Things We See At Swansea Slip

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An absolute classic cartoon from Dick German. There were all sorts of stalls at the Slip. By the 1900s it was quite clearly an alternative market. Whilst the humorous side of this cartoon is clear, there is more to it. The fish and chip vendor is the only illustration I have found of what by the early 1900s was a widespread phenomenon. Fish and chips was the ultimate in fast food and extremely popular. Small wheeled vendors like this were common throughout the town.  This type of vendor was notorious for food poisonings usually as a result of frying the food in cheap contaminated oil. They could move quickly and keep one step ahead of the Borough health officials or the Borough policemen. Superb.

'Things We See At Swansea Slip', South Wales Daily Post, 10 June 1908.

Things We See At Swansea Slip, Dick German 1908.


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