Mary Smith | The Knocker-Upper

In the early 20th century, a Knocker-upper’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time, a profession that started in England and Ireland during the Industrial Revolution, before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. Mary Smith earned six pence a week shooting a pea into the windows of the […]

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Mary Smith – ‘The Knocker-Upper’

In the early 20th century, a Knocker-upper’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time, a profession that started in England and Ireland during the Industrial Revolution, before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. Mary Smith earned six pence a week shooting a pea into the windows of the […]

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Mary Smith – ‘The Knocker-Upper’

In the early 20th century, a Knocker-upper’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time, a profession that started in England and Ireland during the Industrial Revolution, before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. Mary Smith earned six pence a week shooting a pea into the windows of the […]

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Mary Smith the Knocker-Upper

In the early 20th century, a Knocker-upper’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time, a profession that started in England and Ireland during the Industrial Revolution, before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. Mary Smith earned six pence a week shooting a pea into the windows of the […]

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