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|A redcoated soldier, from a Victorian collection of "scraps." These pictures were to stick into your own scrap book, or perhaps you might stick them onto stronger card and use them in your toy theatre.|
|Likewise, a sailor and, I think, a naval officer. No doubt someone knowing his or her Victorian unifornm will soon put me right! Notice that the working sailor has bare feet. This was quite common.|
A stage coach at full gallop. The people inside paid more for their tickets. Those outside got cheaper, colder seats. Notice that even in such a small picture you can see they're well muffled up.
...not that it was that comfortable inside!
| As it says - "Knives to Grind." This is the typical shout of the travelling knife grinder.
He works the treadle, that is the foot pedal turning a wheel.
This makes his grind wheel go round, so he can sharpen the knives for the kitchen, garden, anywhere that a knife might go blunt.
There is a small barrel arranged to drip water over the knife blade where it touches the wheel - this keep it cool and helps it to sharpen better.
The grinder also has a fire brazier burning at the other end of his cart.
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