Friday, December 1, 2017

Knife Grinders from 1900s

This picture circa 1900s shows knife grinders also called ventres jaunes (‘yellow stomachs’ referring to the yellow dust released by the grinding wheel). By laying face down, these yellow stomachs would save their backs from being hunched over all day. Workers were encourage to bring their dogs to not only keep them company but to act as heaters to keep them warm by having the dogs lie on their legs. (Photo is from the web-site of, French knife maker, Claude Dozorme - ” The Wolf ”).

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