Do you remember the rag-and-bone man with his horse and cart?


The rag-and-bone man, with horse and cart, was once a common sight on British streets as he collected second-hand goods from door-to-door.

These enigmatic figures ringing a brass hand bell and calling out ‘rag n’ bone!’ or ‘any old iron!’ would send people rushing to their doors with their unwanted items.

Here we step back in time and take a look at this historic recycling method:

Rags were sold on for recycling into paper or cloth and bones were sold to be ground and made into glue and fertilizer. Old metal was also collected for scrap.

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