Coffee-house Trade Card

A Black Moor's head is used as part of the illustration on this trade card advertising the Carnaby Market Coffee House. Coffee was the 'man's drink' of the 18th century. Coffee houses across London offered a range of functions. Men gathered there to read the daily newspapers, exchange gossip and discuss business - and to drink an endless supply of sweetened coffee. Both sugar and coffee were produced by slave labour in the Americas.

Victoria & Albert Museum 12851.11 (18th century)
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