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Why 'Rag and Bone Man'? by John F. Wake

 
 
 
 
Why 'Rag and Bone Man'? by John F. Wake
13 Sep 2019

Bone Grubbing 

Men used to search the dumps, the sluices, the street rubbish, the canal sides, the streets and the yards for bones. These bones were sold to make soap, or perhaps handles for knives etc., The Grubbers in time also took the rags they found and sold them to mattress makers, tailors, lodging house keepers and anyone else who would pay them tiny amounts of money. The Grubbers soon became known as Rag and Bone Men.

 

Image: British Library Archive

 
 

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