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    • #12539

      Thought I would share this online photo find with you.
      Muffin Man, Circa 1924, walking the street vending his muffins. Bell to attract customers.


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      Carolyn Whitlock

      “The Muffin Man” is a traditional nursery rhyme or children’s song of English origin. The most widely know lyrics are as follows:

      Do [or “Oh, do”] you know the muffin man,
      The muffin man, the muffin man,
      Do you know the muffin man,
      Who lives on Drury Lane?

      Yes [or “Oh, yes”], I know the muffin man,
      The muffin man, the muffin man,
      Yes, I know the muffin man,
      Who lives on Drury Lane.

      “What does this have to do with bells?, you ask. Go back and look at the picture Garry posted and see what he has in his left hand!

      The rhyme is first recorded in a British manuscript of around 1820. Victorian households had many of their fresh foods delivered; muffins would be delivered door-to-door by a muffin man. The “muffin” in question was the bread product known in the U.S.A. as English muffins, not the much sweeter cupcake-shaped American variety. Drury Lane is a thoroughfare bordering Covent Garden in London.

      The rhyme and game appear to have spread to other countries in the mid-nineteenth century, particularly the USA and the Netherlands. As with many traditional songs, there are regional variations in wording. Another popular version substitutes “Dorset Lane” for Drury Lane.


    • #17963

      Love it! Always wondered what a “Muffin Man” was! Thanks!

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