Friday, February 6, 2015

Cabmen's shelters

569: "the cabman's shelter, as it was called, hardly a stonesthrow away near Butt Bridge where they might hit upon some drinkables in the shape of a milk and soda or a mineral."

577: "an unpretentious wooden structure... A few moments later saw our two noctambules safely seated in a discreet corner, only to be greeted by stares from the decidedly miscellaneous collection of waifs and strays and other nondescript specimens of the genus homo, already there engaged in eating and drinking, diversified by conversation, for whom they seemingly formed an object of marked curiosity"

578: "a rather antediluvian specimen of a bun"

580: "the keeper took a die of plug from his good jacket hanging on a nail and the desired object was passed from hand to hand"

585: "letting spurt a jet of spew into the sawdust"

587: "picking up from the table the pink sheet of the Abbey street organ which the jarvey, if such he was, had laid aside"

593: "to the door, stepped heavily down the one step there was out of the shelter and bore due left"

613: "having previously spotted on the printed pricelist for all who ran to read opposite him in unmistakable figures, coffee 2d., confectionery d° ...the shelter or shanty"

c1904 from SW

1950s, from NE [info]


(bigger on the inside??)

London 1904

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