A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in Limehouse Fields, London. Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870-1945.

A Knocker-up ’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time. Mary Smith earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers windows - Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870 - S)

Baskets filled with tomatoes stand in rows in piazza - Sicily, Italy - some years ago

Baskets filled with tomatoes stand in rows in piazza - Sicily, Italy. - I love tomatoes and Italy!

Cholula Market Salsas (this looks like the place we stopped at on our way to the airport from San Miguel de Allende. Most of the men in the town are working in the USA and these women made a communal restaurant. I paid for 6 of us and it came to $20, American. The food was OUTSTANDING. You keep serving yourself until you almost pop. Good times, good times...)

These are different salsas at the Cholula market in Puebla, Mexico. Each salsa is made with unique ingredients to give it their signature taste. Salsa is a very popular dish served in Mexico.

Vintage Paris

vintage paris ~ I look at this picture and the first thing that pops in my mind.look at those baguettes!

Enchiladera -vintage photo [ MexicanConnexionForTile.com ] #culture #Talavera #handmade

Mexican marketer From a scarce CDV album of mexican occupationals made by the studio Cruces y Campa in the (Enchiladera)

Typical Sicilian street scene.  The Sicilians consider the sidewalk as part of their personal property! ~Saucy

Nonna Resting, Sicily - well deserved, she probably cooks, gardens, and cleans from sun up to sun down and all bent over like the lovely Italian woman.