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Sheffield - knife grinders

A photograph of Sheffield knife grinders on a postcard which was posted on the 19th. May 1905 to George French in Trelawn Avenue, Headingly, Leeds.

 

The sender, Alma Smith, appears to have worked for a supplier of steel products, because after giving her address as Wolseley Road, Lowfield, Sheffield, she wrote:

 

"Dear George,

I can't get razors on this week.

Send next week address.

Yours to a cinder,

Alma Smith"

 

Wikipedia contains an 1853 engraving called 'The Knife Grinder'. The man in this image is sitting in exactly the same position holding the knife in exactly the same way. The only difference is that in the engraving the man is using a foot treadle, whereas in the photograph the wheels are turned by electricity (or maybe water or steam power?).

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Taken on December 1, 2009