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Odd Jobs of Bygone Days: Match Sellers

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Street vendors were a common sight in cities in bygone days, selling everything from milk or live chickens to pots, matches or ink.  They also sold services, such as shoe repair, catching rats, sweeping chimneys, or even writing letters for those who could not write (this service is still provided in some Second- and Third World countries).  Such jobs provided vital income for families, but meant long days on one’s feet, regardless of the weather, with perhaps little to show for the effort.

Match Seller, Greenwich 1884, London

Match Seller, Greenwich, London 1884.  Photo:  Pinterest

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