Early 1900's postcard of Knocker Up man, known as the Knocker upper, (before alarm clocks) in Accrington, Lancashire, England, U.K. posted September 1918. The Knocker Upper woke up the mill workers in mill towns.
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Dimensions:4530 x 6921 px | 38.4 x 58.6 cm | 15.1 x 23.1 inches | 300dpi
Location:Accrington, Lancashire, England, UK
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"W. M. Pearson Knocking Up" sign in window of this house, so could be the proprietor demonstrating. In some areas of northern mill towns in England, workers were woken by the sound of a tap at their bedroom window, a practice that didn't end until the 1970's. A stick was used so that only the household that had paid was woken up.