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The cries used by street vendors to advertise their wares.
- ‘Despite the passage of the new 1909 ordinance, resistance continued and street cries continued even after the new rules went into force on 1 January 1910.’
- ‘The first street cry of the day, shortly after cock-crow, was from the milkman, to the accompaniment of a timpani of clanking cans and ladles.’
- ‘It calls for a narrator - in my opinion, almost never a successful device, and certainly not here - as well as vocal soloists, in a brief passage of colonial street cries.’
- ‘Anti-noise factions sent letters supporting the regulation of street cries.’
- ‘In 1910 one Chicago wagon peddler, arrested under the new anti-noise ordinance banning street cries, had fought his conviction all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court, only to lose.’
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