Selling fish

Fish Selling Gallery

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Fish Selling. Women’s work from north to south

Phemie, an east coast fishwife, selling fish in Corstophine, early 1900s. Scottish Life Archive

From the 1700s to the 1980s women took fish from the ports, carrying them in various baskets to the towns to sell either door to door or by setting up stalls. In later times some of them used trains and trams. …Continue reading “Fish Selling. Women’s work from north to south”

Ceramic Fishwives of the Forth Littoral

Ceramic fishwives, National Museum of Scotland

From about 1750 until the 1930s Scotland’s potteries were producing utilitarian and decorative wares including fishermen and fisherwives.Continue reading “Ceramic Fishwives of the Forth Littoral”

Arbroath rip

Arbroath rip from NMS collection. Liz Balfour's account

The Arbroath rip, Liz Balfour’s account The Arbroath rip was used by fisherwomen, carried on their backs for selling fish. It was never used at the harbour, but on women’s fish selling rounds or in the market. Rips are bigger …Continue reading “Arbroath rip”

Betty McBay, Johnshaven fishwife

Johnshaven Fishwife

In the 19C and well into the 20C it was common for fisherwomen to make a living by ‘hawking’ fish. That meant they would sell fish from door to door. They carried the fish in great baskets and usually had …Continue reading “Betty McBay, Johnshaven fishwife”

Fishwives rip

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