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.

Before alarm clocks there were knocker-upper's. Mary Smith earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers windows. x Undated. Photograph from Philip Davies' Lost London: 1870 -

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,"

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.

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

general photographic agency: a group of women stand underneath umbrellas in the london rain. 1928 via Barbara Martin

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.


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