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Railway Porter Dan part 01

Railway Porter Dan part 01

Composer: Fox, G. D.

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1884

Shelfmark: H.1260.d.(46.)

Item number: Tract (46.)

Genre: Printed Music and Illustrated Cover

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The development of the railways was one of the most important innovations of the Victorian period and Music hall songs celebrated railway personalities as cheerful, though not always hardworking, characters that all their audiences would recognise. Many people were employed to work on the trains; engine drivers, firemen and porters. It was accepted that porters would get tips from the passengers and that the other workers did not get this perk and so porters wages were low. The leisured classes could pay a porter to keep a carriage door locked so that no other passengers could sit there and porters could also receive money for carrying luggage, obtaining travelling rugs and looking after animals.

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