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Young man's profession

Postby oakover » Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:10 pm

Could anyone suggest a profession for this young man? Many thanks.
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Re: Young man's profession

Postby vnolan » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:19 am

Unless someone knows what the piece of board and the wooden thing is around his waist is used for then I've drawn a blank.
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Re: Young man's profession

Postby ColinB » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:33 am

The tray/board foxed me a bit but I think the implement is a knife sharpener and I think he's a butcher's boy. See this pic from the Library of 19th Century Photography :

http://www.19thcenturyphotos.com/Butche ... 124245.htm

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Re: Young man's profession

Postby oakover » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:41 pm

Thank you so much. My guess was a butcher's boy but the wooden thing looked so odd. The photo from the Victorian collection shows that it was used to carry the meat. Mystery solved.


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Re: Young man's profession

Postby ColinB » Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:41 pm

If you enlarge the picture I've linked to , the boy is carrying the meat on a similar 'tray' on his shoulder.

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