It's part of the newsvendor training - when I lived in York many moons ago there was a paper seller whose cry was legendary - "E Po". That's all it was. Now written down it could be translated as Evening Post, but to us he was and will always be the E-Po man. The two Ronnies did a sketch based on this phenomenon - "E'n Stannart" as I recall...
It's probably in a vintage Street Cries of London print
markandjoan, have to correct you there - the sketch was done by Eric and Ernie, and the cry from Eric as the newspaper vendor was "Morny Stanny!" which Ernie tried to correct to "Morning Standard" as he bought a paper.
The joke of course was that the paper was in fact called the Morny Stanny....
You're right, of course it was Eric and Ernie, I stand corrected - the memory fragments are now reassembled. At least I knew it was a comedy duo. Sigh. Sometimes I think I can actually feel bits of my brain disassembling :-(
I think the trick is not to try and recall anything!
We could start another debate re the relative talents of the Two Ronnies v Eric and Ernie - for me, E&E would win hands down for consistent entertainment with a capital N - though the 2R's "fork 'andles" sketch was a classic play on the same theme as this thread...I'm off to listen to something from Radio 7s play again list for my fix of nostalgia..