Knocker-Up

    Could 'knocker-up' be the job for you?

    Until the 1920s, there was a profession called 'knocker-up', which involved going from client to client and tapping on their windows (or banging on their doors) with long sticks until they woke up.

    In the advent of new technology, some age old professions are inevitably going to become redundant. One of which is the profession of the 'knocker-up.'

    The 'knocker-up' was tasked with waking up clients by banging on their window or door. They commonly employed a long stick, usually made from bamboo, to reach windows that were higher up. Other notable tools include a pea-shooter.

    They remain outside until they are sure that the client is awake, from whom they earned a few pence.

    The profession was most popular during the 19th century, especially in large industrial cities such as Manchester.

    Knocker-ups all but vanished in 1920s when alarm clocks became more affordable and reliable.

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