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Sweeps, nomads, quacks and crawlers: The exotic down and outs of Victorian London captured on camera in the 1870s
"William Hampton of the London Nomades, a group of travellers who were staying on vacant land in Battersea: 'Why what do I want with education? Any chaps of my acquaintance that knows how to write and count proper ain't much to be trusted into the bargain'", photo by John Thompson 1876-77
Blast from the Past
Blast from the past! "Rag and bone man is a British phrase for a junk dealer. Historically the phrase referred to an individual who would travel the streets of a city or town with a horsedrawn cart, and would collect old rags (for converting into fabric and paper), bones for making glue, scrap iron and other items, often trading them for other items of limited value.