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Friday, 1 June 2012

Rag & Bone Man

Does anyone remember the Rag & Bone Man? I remember hearing him shout rag & bone when i was a child in the 1960's, all the children were scared of him. Mum usually gave him old clothes in return he would give her a donkey stone which was used to clean the stone steps.

This is from an flyer from  about the 1940's/1950's i guess a more up market Rag and Bone Man because he could afford to buy items from you!

Dear Sir or Madam
I am out to buy anything you have got for sale, Old stockings, Iron, Rags, Cast-off Clothing of any kind, Old Clocks, Lead, Copper and Brass, Old Carpets, Shirts, Socks etc, also buyer of old Wringing Machines.
I have been solicited to buy and collect the above articles in this vicinity and instructed to give the highest ready money prices.  I also buy Old coats, Waistcoats, Trousers, Gowns, Shawls, Shoes, Boots, Clogs, or any old brass Candlesticks, Old Warming Pans, Broken Spoons, Old Boilers, Metal Teapots, Old Lead and Pewters, Copper kettles etc.
The hands of the Mills are now only half employed for want of goods of the above description.  Best prices given for Old Oak Chairs or Tables. Best prices given for Old Rushbottom Chairs and Oak Tables.
We will call again in one hours time with horse and cart.

I guess these days the guys who roam the streets in a trucks and vans looking for scrap metal are the up-to-date version of the Rag and Bone Man.

1 comment:

  1. Recycling at a local level! I think the charity shops mop up the excess now!