A few nice sell home images I found:
Image from page 76 of “Shans at home. With two chapters on Shan history and literature” (1910)
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Title: Shans at home. With two chapters on Shan history and literature
Year: 1910 (1910s)
Authors: Milne, Leslie, Mrs., 1860-1952 Cochrane, Wilbur Willis
Subjects: Shan (Asian people)
Publisher: London : John Murray
Contributing Library: University of British Columbia Library
Digitizing Sponsor: University of British Columbia Library
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ant a child to fill it;to take this little one would be a pleasure to you, butit would give you no merit. I shall keep the baby.Then they change the subject, and talk about theirneighbours; and probably the child begins to cry.So the friend says : What a cross baby ! If it pleasesyou, I shall sell it to you for one rupee. So the babyis given to the mother, and is named Little Rupee,or Little Found-in-the-Jungle. Sometimes this elaborate acting is of no avail, andthe baby is still unfortunate or ill; so a last attemptis made to deceive the evil spirit. The father rollshis child in a mat, and carries him to the cemetery;the mother follows, crying aloud; they dig a littlegrave ; the child is laid in it; the earth is heapedupon it—of course the father is very careful that thechilds face is left uncovered—and passages from thesacred books are recited; and now, as the baby isdead and buried, the evil spirit will surely depart. ^ Tl gji ^ >^<^ IC^ w -^ ^^^^^^F^^^_
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BIRTHDAY SUPERSTITIONS 39 After a little while the baby is taken home, is againcalled by a new name, and has another chance toescape from the troublesome evil spirits. One thing is most essential to the babys happinessin after-life—a careful note of his birthday must bemade. The month or year may be forgotten, but theday of the week on which he was born influences hiswhole future life. If he was born on Monday, his hairmust never be shaved or cut on Monday ; also his nailsshould not be cut on his birthday. To forget the dayof the week on which he was born would be a terriblecalamity to any Shan, for how could he know whento build a house, or plant a garden? How could aman marry a girl whose birthday was not known?If a man born on Saturday weds a girl also bornon Saturday, they must expect poverty and muchsorrow; so, to escape such misfortunes, a man mustbe careful, and be sure of the birthday of the girl hewould marry. A babys ears are generally pierced when it is afew weeks old. Th
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From ‘Street Life in London’, 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith
The subject of the accompanying illustration is a vendor of cough lozenges and healing ointment. He was originally a car-driver employed by a firm in the city, but had to leave his situation on account of failing sight. His story, told in his own words, is as follows :-
"First of all I had to leave my place on account of bad sight. It was brought on by exposure to the cold. Inflammation set in the right eye and soon affected the left. The doctors called it ‘atrophy.’ I went to St. Thomas’s Hospital for nine months, to St. George’s Hospital, and to Moorfields Opthalmic Hospital. From St. Thomas’s Hospital I was sent to the sea-side at the expense of the Merchant Taylors’ Company. No good came of it all, and at last I was so blind that I had to be led about like a child. At that time my wife worked with her needle and her hands to keep things going. She used to do charing during the day and sewing at night, shirt-making for the friend of a woman who worked for a contractor. She got twopence-halfpenny for making a shirt, and by sitting till two or three in the morning could finish three shirts at a stretch. I stood at a street corner in the New Cut selling fish, and had to trust a good deal to the honesty of my Customers, as I could not see.
"At this time I fell in with a gentleman selling ointment, he gave me a box, which I used for my eyes. I used the ointment about a month, and found my sight gradually returning. The gentleman who makes the ointment offered to set me up in business with his goods. I had no money, but he gave me everything on trust. It was a good thing for both of us, because I was a sort of standing advertisement for him and for myself.
"I now make a comfortable living and have a good stock. When the maker of the ointment started he carried a tray; now he has three vans, and more than fifty people selling for him.
"I find the most of my customers in the street, but I am now making a private connexion at home of people from all parts of London. The prices for the Arabian Family Ointment, which can be used for chapped hands, lips, inflamed eyes, cuts, scalds, and sores, are from a penny to half-a-crown a box. Medicated cough lozenges a halfpenny and a penny a packet."
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