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Comments on: Those resourceful Victorians http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/08/06/those-resourceful-victorians/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 By: Melanie http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/08/06/those-resourceful-victorians/comment-page-1/#comment-12795 Mon, 11 Aug 2008 13:08:02 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/08/06/those-resourceful-victorians/#comment-12795 Doc, There is an article written by Michael Olmert “Necessary and Sufficient” in it he talks alot about the *waste management* in England as well as the U.S. in the 1700’s. My favorite excerpt from the article:

“Between 1740 and 1763, in London, at least three businesses printed trade cards for similar work under the sign of “The Golden Pole.”
In London, the night soil trade—also called gong farming—was so competitive that the seventeenth-century diarist John Evelyn complained about the aggressiveness of the saltpeter men, collectors of human and animal waste for use in the manufacture of explosives: “They digge in dove cotes when the doves be nesting, cast up malting floors when the malt be green, in bedchambers, in sickrooms, not even sparing women in childbed, yea, even in God’s house, the Church.”