"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)

London 1900

A cyclist riding a penny farthing over Hammersmith Bridge, London. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) London in the Victorian Era

London in the 1920s - chimney sweep

Characterful portraits of Londoners, believed to be by photographer Donald McLeish selected from the three volumes of Wonderful London edited by St John Adcock and produced by The Fleetway House in the nineteen-twenties.

London in the 1920's-street knife grinder

London in the - Street Knife Grinder. A common sight during the the knife grinders gradually disappeared from the streets of London, but were still to be seen in the and early

Street Doctor  From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith

London ‘street doctor’, 1877 From 'Street Life in London’, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith: “The subject of the accompanying illustration is a vendor of cough lozenges and healing ointment.

Flower Girls in London 1907

๑ Nineteen Fourteen ๑ historical happenings, fashion, art & style from a century ago - Edwardian Flower Seller in London - remember Eliza Doolittle, although that was set in the Victorian era

Before their burial, the deceased would be photographed in their best clothes and 'posing' (propped up) with their living relatives. In some instances, eyes were painted onto the closed eyelids of the deceased to make them appear alive. In Victorian times when photographs were rare, this might be the only photo the family had of their dearly departed.

Creepy old photos that will give you nightmares. These scary photographs are some of the creepiest ever. From creepy kids to portraits of the dead people,

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