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My grandfather was a Lamplighter in Dundee, Scotland from the Victorian times. The Scottish title for him is a `Leerie` he would go out every evening just before dark to light the gas lamps with a long pole,and again in the morning to put them out. His job was also to keep the lamps well maintained, including re-painting as neccessary.The paint then, had a high lead content and once, having a cut on his hand he got some paint in it, this caused his hand to shrivel and he carried on with his job one handed. The other things he would do was to tap his pole on bedroom windows as he went by to wake the residents for their work. He would also, for a small remuneration, collect shoes to go to the shoe repairer and deliver the papers!

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