An unusual sight
At the time this photograph was taken, which was in the 1960s, a Rag and Bone man was quite an unusual sight. The gentleman in our photograph here, walking down St. James’s Street, was Mr K H Parkhouse, whose business was established in 1917; his place of business was 14, St John’s Place. The advertising board proudly states that he gives ‘The best prices’. I wonder what they were? The list of items he would buy included china, pewter pots, candlesticks, copper kettles, swords, wool rags, brass, copper, and lead.
A goldfish in a plastic bag
I did not grow up in Brighton, but as a child in Liverpool, I vividly remember the Rag and Bone man who came along our street every couple of weeks. You could hear him calling even when he was streets away; I never worked out just what he said, but his ‘spiel’ was unmistakable. My Granny used to dread his visits, because when I heard his call from the next street, I would run around the house, picking up various items and asking if we could see what he would give us for them. I can’t remember how much money he parted with for various items, but I do remember getting a goldfish in a plastic bag one particular time. Of course the poor goldfish did not live for long, and so next time the Rag and Bone man came around I was scouring the house again.
Do you remember a Rag and Bone man?
Do you remember a Rag and Bone man visiting your street? Do you remember how much money you got for anything you sold him? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.