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When the man of rag and bone meant a balloon or a goldfish – if you were lucky UK News

But in the 1960s and 1970s we had a man in rags and bones.

If we had nothing to declutter, what was the rag-and-bone man’s need?

As a child, the excitement he elicited was only a second after the ice cream seller arrived.

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Man of Rag and Bone, Lupton Crescent 1956 Submitted by R Mawhood, 16 Kingfisher House, Lifestyle Village, High Street, Old Whittington, Chesterfield S41 9LQ

The horse alone generated a lot of commotion. Children in disadvantaged neighborhoods never really saw many animals apart from stray dogs, which were plentiful at the time.

Always popular was the prospect of a horse kick, if you were brave enough.

Such a placid animal, he must have been so used to children.

Some young people were even able to get on the cart for a short distance.

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The Rag and Bone Man has always generated a lot of excitement in my day, made me realize that we had things to get rid of back then.

The Rag-and-Bone Man was an integral part of the British economy, returning large amounts of iron and steel to steel foundries across the UK for reprocessing into manufacturing materials.

The man with the rags and bones also collected bones, which were used to make glue.

And the men with their horse-drawn carts had a wonderful and ingenious marketing ploy – the goldfish.

atworkAW Rag and Bone Man (unknown) on the streets of Crookesmoor.

I remember pestering my mom for an old rag for a ball or a goldfish.

All those young children doing all the canvassing for a ball or a fish? All of these young children were motivated to hunt and search their homes for “mostly” unwanted objects.

Heard moms have to chase the man in rags and bones after a child gives her best blouse or her husband’s best Sunday shirt in exchange for a ball or a fish Red.

Poor fish, I barely remember the fish. Her well-being couldn’t be so high on the agenda.

I think the fish went into an old wash bowl or jug ​​for a while and then died pretty quickly.

I am glad that animal welfare is much more present in the consciousness of people these days.

People of a certain age will all remember the 1970s comedy Steptoe and Son, where the characters seemed to live a contemptuous and chaotic lifestyle.

Back then, they seemed humble, even helpless, but scratched beneath the surface and Hiccup and his father were pretty well off.

“Where there is mud, there is brass”, as they say.

I saw the actors who played the Steptoes – Harry H Corbet and Wilfred Brambell – interviewed on TV once. And I remember being shocked and disappointed at how well spoken and educated they seemed – nothing to do with their characters.

But besides being a collector of ‘clutter’, people of a certain age will remember that the Rag and Bone Man was the primary source of something every proud housewife should have – the stone. donkey.

This was used to ensure that all terraced houses had pristine white door steps throughout the week.

Anyone without sheer white sheer curtains and a well-stoned door sill was widely disapproved of by other proud housewives in the area.

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