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1827. Excerpt: ... BILL-STICKER. The main prosperity of a civilized
country, according to the wisest authorities, is derived from
finding employment for every class of the people. "Idleness," saith
the adage, "is the root of all evil." When a populous country is
busily engaged in the various occupations of industry, the great
machine of government goes on smoothly; on the contrary, when
employment is wanting, vices and discontent prevail, and it is then
that a state may be said to be in danger. The many wants of
society, which are consequent upon a rapidly improving state of
civilization, so far from being a legitimate subject for complaint,
whatever certain gloomy speculators may insist upon, in their
favourite reveries, are blessings to the community. Amongst other
employments of late have provided for numerous families, that might
else have sought relief as parish paupers, that of the Bill-sticker
has increased in the ratio of the general demand for all things,
which custom has rendered necessary, either for comfort, or
amusement. The sums annually expended upon the placarding system,
has been a great source of wealth to many thousands of industrious
persons, in every part of this busy empire. The Bill-sticker is
paid a certain sum per thousand, or per hundred, according to the
sire of the placards delivered to him by his employer. His stock in
trade consists of a tin vessel, fastened before him by a belt, to
contain paste, his brush, and a long light instrument somewhat of
the form of T; which he uses for sticking the placards on the wall.
Thus equipped, he perambulates the streets and avenues of the town,
and finding a vacant spot upon a paling or a wall, which is become
a service of some difficulty, there he stops and fastens one of his
placards. What would the trader...
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William Henry Pyne
||246 x 189 x 2mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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