May-Day Gaiety

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A man and a masked figure holding a basket on a stick are seen wearing fancy clothes
May-Day gaiety.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Internet Archive
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The original etching was probably reproduced by means of a photoengraving process

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A man and a smaller masked figure holding a stick bearing a basket adorned with plants and bells are seen wearing fancy clothes. The full caption goes on:

These men hire old dresses, and join the Cinder-sifter’s or Bunter’s Garland, or Jack in the Green, etc., and exhibit all sorts of grimace and ribaldry, to extort money from their numerous admirers.

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