a shop for the retail of penny numbers

Nircolartor

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Español, Venezuela
Hello there, from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:

As the cab drew up before the address indicated, the fog lifted a little and showed him a dingy street, a gin palace, a low French eating-house, a shop for the retail of penny numbers and twopenny salads, many ragged children huddled in the doorways, and many women of different nationalities passing out, key in hand, to have a morning glass.


What does penny numbers mean?

Thanks!
 
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