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The 18th Century link-boy (or link boy or linkboy) was a boy who carried a flaming torch to light the way for pedestrians at night. Linkboys were common in London in the days before street lighting. The linkboy's fee was commonly one farthing, and the torch was often made from burning pitch and tow. The term derives from "link", a term for the cotton tow that formed the wick of the torch.

The 18th Century  link-boy (or link boy or linkboy) was a boy who carried a flaming torch to light the way for pedestrians at night. Linkboys were common in London in the days before street lighting. The linkboy's fee was commonly one farthing, and the torch was often made from burning pitch and tow. The term derives from "link", a term for the cotton tow that formed the wick of the torch. Stock Photo
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De Luan / Alamy Stock Photo

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RDM5B4

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40.3 MB (1.8 MB Compressed download)

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3330 x 4228 px | 28.2 x 35.8 cm | 11.1 x 14.1 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

11 January 2019

Location:

London, England

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