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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:42 AM

Now here's a job:

Before alarm clocks there were knocker-upper's. Mary Smith earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers windows. Limehouse Fields. London. . Undated. Photograph from Philip Davies' Lost London: 1870 - 1945.

(The man who tweets from lettersofnote.com sent this)

Whatever pays the bills.....

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Are_grits_groceries Dec 2012 OP
LeftofObama Dec 2012 #1
jmowreader Dec 2012 #2
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Odin2005 Dec 2012 #5
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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:45 AM

1. LOL!

I think it would take more than dried peas against my window to wake me up if I were sound asleep.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:51 AM

2. That. job title would mean something else today

Knocker-upper sounds like a guy who helps impotent men expand their families...

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 06:06 AM

3. LOL

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 09:15 PM

5. In the UK one still says "Knock-up" to mean to wake a person up.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 09:12 PM

4. K&R! Love this early version of a wake up call, priceless photo... :D

Guess necessity is the mother of invention, LOL. I learn something new on DU every day!

Reminds me of a wake up call I received once when I was in Russia, staying at a hotel. The phone rang and a heavily accented voice just shouted "Wake Up!!!" LOL. Still makes me chuckle to remember it...

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