Mary Smith earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers windows.
A Knocker-up (sometimes known as a knocker-upper) was a profession in England and Ireland that started during and lasted well into the Industrial Revolution and at least as late as the 1920s, before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. A knocker-up’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time.
The knocker-up used a truncheon or short, heavy stick to knock on the clients’ doors or a long and light stick, often made of bamboo, to reach windows on higher floors. Some of them used pea-shooters. In return, the knocker-up would be paid a few pence a week. The knocker-up would not leave a client’s window until sure that the client had been awoken.
There were large numbers of people carrying out the job, especially in larger industrial towns such as Manchester. Generally the job was carried out by elderly men and women but sometimes police constables supplemented their pay by performing the task during early morning patrols.
Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870 - 1945.
I really can’t judge her for this because the movie is from 1938. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that political correctness or racism awareness wasn’t high on (white) people’s lists of concerns in that time.
Man I’m white so I can’t even say anything but I feel like everyone forgets what you just said
Exactly! I honestly don’t get why people react so negatively to racist things they see in extremely old movies and TV shows as if they’re supposed to know better. YOU’RE LOOKING AT IT THROUGH A 21ST CENTURY LENS YOU IDIOT I SUPPOSE YOU’RE ALSO DISAPPOINTED IN THE DIRECTOR BECAUSE HE DIDN’T SPRING FOR A COLOR-CAPABLE CAMERA
It by no means makes it right but I just feel people view history and race completely wrong and this is an example of that. People should look at how far social rights have progressed and use that to further it. Instead, people like to look at the exact same things that cause a divide in the first place, splitting everyone up more in the long run ugh
See, I promised myself I would not interact with sociopaths.. but there were too many completely brainwashed bullshitty responses in a row to ignore it.
#1. You can’t judge her for acting like a southern plantation Black person STEREOTYPE in 1938!?!? Really now??? Do you know what had happened by 1938? NAACP had already been founded. The Garvey Movement had happened! The Harlem Renaissance was happening. There were many people fighting these depictions of Black people! She was wrong… PERIOD! Stop trying to look away from it. Stop trying to look around it. And look at it for what it is… a racist act. It was racist and offensive then and it’s racist and offensive right now!
#2. SOCIAL PROGRESS? YOU’RE GOING TO POST IN A POST ABOUT RACISM IN ENTERTAINMENT, TELLING US ALL TO LOOK AWAY FROM IT AND YOU WANNA TALK ABOUT SOCIAL PROGRESS???
Here’s your progress
Happy Halloween! You people are Judy Garland in these photos. You’re the ones wrapped up in the racism of your society… you’re the ones unquestionably going with the program. In a hundred yours, it’s gonna be your descendants trying to avoid looking at the racist shit you’re doing. And you wanna talk about progress???? Let me tell you how progress happens… Progress has happened because people get ANGRY and speak out and fight. That’s how progress is made. So how the fuck can you talk about progress ?? How can you possibly know progress? How can you know how far you’ve gotten when you keep trying to ignore where you’ve been???????