A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in Limehouse Fields, London. Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870-1945.

A Knocker-up ’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time. Mary Smith earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers windows - Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870 - S)

The Big British Bus by Pepe Rodríguez

The Big British Bus - Pepe Rodríguez

B is the bus    Illustration by Dagmar Wilson, from Poems to Read to the Young, 1958.#Repin By:Pinterest++ for iPad#

(☽ ̍̑⚈͜ ̍̑☾) B is the bus Illustration by Dagmar Wilson, from "Poems to Read to the Young,"

city / building illustration / Matthew H Sharack

Charles Dickens with daughters Katey and Mary in the garden at Gad's Hill Place in Higham, Kent - home of Dickens' family from 1858 until his death in one of the rooms in 1870.

Not a Bleak House: Last home of Charles Dickens opens to the public for the first time

Katey and Mamie Dickens, with their famous author father Charles Dickens garden outside Gad's Hill Place in 1865

English Nanny driving a motorized pram - 1922

Motorized pram / stroller car with umbrella run by an English nanny. Manufacturer: the English firm Dunkley. London, Child has a golliwog.

Regent St, 1920. The Shops of Old London ++ http://spitalfieldslife.com #glassslides

Regent St, Spitalfields Life The Gentle Author

General Photographic Agency - A group of women stand underneath umbrellas in the London rain. 1928. S)

london rain [original] a group women stand underneath umbrellas in the london rain, © general photographic agency/ getty images

J. Sainsbury pre-1900

Sainsbury Wonderfully busy window displays and a team of helpers pose for the photographer.

Rebecca Rebouche

Rebecca Rebouche's mixed-media piece "Front Porch Storm" was inspired by her memories of sitting on her grandmother's front porch watching thunderstorms.

Children of the Streets, August 1954  One young boy ambushing another around a street corner, each with his toy gun at the ready   Thurston Hopkins

Picture Post pioneer Thurston Hopkins hits 100 - in pictures

Children of the Streets, August 1954 One young boy ambushing another around a street corner, each with his toy gun at the ready Thurston Hopkins

London by Ryo Takemasa

by Ryo Takemasa

1910's hikers

Vintage Miscellany – June 27, 2010

Climbing Sunset Trail, Near Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC

London Illustration Abbey Road

little hands: London Illustration - Abbey Road

A View of London – Illustration by Sam Bevington

Sam Bevington, Illustration and Typography

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