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 -

After leaving the ‘Club Americana’, a Saturday night jazz club open from midnight until 7 a.m., American troops and their girlfriends wait at Piccadilly Circus Station for the first train home, London, 25th November 1955. Via Hulton Archive / Getty

All-night dancing After leaving the ‘Club Americana’, a Saturday night jazz club open from midnight until 7 a. American troops and their girlfriends wait at Piccadilly Circus Station for the first train home, London, November 1955

London 1959 photo Sergio Larrain

Sergio Larraín London, 1959 Black bird fly into the hear of night! A beautiful photo and a reminder that the birds are flying back for spring. A bird song in spring is ever so sweet.

Cable Street - Londons East End 1969

Some People I Knew, Cable St, 1969 Photographs copyright © John Claridge

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