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Rag and Bone men

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by basmic, 4 May 2006.

  1. basmic


    Joined: 10 Apr 2004

    Posts: 13,144

    Location: Darlington, County Durham

    For the first time in my life, I've heard and seen a genuine, modern day, rag and bone man.

    Nothing special really. Just slowly drove down the alley in a white van shouting at the top of his voice - at first I thought it was a drunk, until I heard him shouting what sounded like "any old rags". :eek:

    Anybody else get these, or is it just the local gypos feeling hardup?
    Last edited: 4 May 2006
  2. Vix

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Dec 2005

    Posts: 1,647

    Location: Norfolk

    We had one on the council estate I used to live on. Came round about 8 on a Wednesday - my only day off of the week, and would shout and wake me up!!! Dunno what he actually shouted though.

    Charity shops still use rag merchants, its a much bigger business now, and half the charity bags you get through your door go straight to rag merchants now.

    Apparently the old fashioned Rag and Bone men used to give children goldfish in exchage for rags!!! You wouldn't see that now.
  3. AJUK

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 14 Nov 2003

    Posts: 10,949

    We have two scruffy fellas who wander around all day with a wheelbarrow collecting bits of scrap metal. They always make me girlfriend laugh as one is really little and the other a great big bloke, the little one pushes the barrow. :D

    Sadly, they don't shout anything.
  4. Belmit

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    Joined: 7 Nov 2002

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    Location: The Winchester

    Whenever I hear about rag and bone men I always think of the old Rob Newman standup where he's talking about getting it on with his girlfriend but simultaneously thinking about how rag and bone men have over the years compressed the phrase "Have you got any old rag and bone for me please" into one handy shouted word. Then he has a 'mishap' and apologises by shouting out rag and bone style. :D


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    my dad said there was a old rag and bone man where he use to live and they gave out balloons to kids.
  6. Spacky


    Joined: 4 Jul 2005

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    Location: Cardiff, UK

    Reminds me of when I was young.

    They use to come round and take old stuff you had lying about.
  7. 4T5

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    Just so you know.
  8. Simian


    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,117

    Location: Swindoniantown

    Not the same realy!... Needs to be on a Cart pulled by a Horse called 'Hercules' (Steptoe!!!)

    I can remember them when I was a Kid visiting my Nan in Brixton (I'm not that old!!!) but I've not seen (or heard) them for many many years (NO I'm not that old!!!)
  9. Spacky


    Joined: 4 Jul 2005

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    Location: Cardiff, UK

    They always shouted something but I never understood any of it :confused:

    Actually I remember peopel use to come outside when they were shouting with washing machines, mowers and all manner of stuff.

    It was an open truck so a guy would be stood up behind the drivers cabin shouting *memories*
  10. Simian


    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

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    Location: Swindoniantown

    From memory it was "RAG BOOOOOOONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" over and over again...
  11. Rich1988


    Joined: 8 Jan 2005

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    Location: wiltshire

    I thought it was "COMMMEEE GET YOUR SYPHILLIS HERE!!!"
  12. wozzizname

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Jun 2004

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    Location: Rainham, Kent

    Used to get them regularly when I was a kid, still see one once in a while. The other thing I remember is the French onion man coming round on his bicycle, flogging strings of onions and garlic (giving away my age here...)
  13. bungler


    Joined: 7 Dec 2003

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    Location: Peterborough

    We had one come down our road twice this week, first time I've ever seen them. Couldn't make out what they said but they had loads of stuff on their truck.
  14. D4VE


    Joined: 23 Oct 2003

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    Location: Hampshire, UK

    Steptoe and Son :D
  15. Spunj99


    Joined: 11 Nov 2004

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    Location: Stoke

    They scare the hell out of me!
  16. Spacky


    Joined: 4 Jul 2005

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    Location: Cardiff, UK

    These were Irish iirc


    Hey we have one of them, he gets about abit with his *Ding-Dong* "Fraunch Oin-ions".
    Last edited: 4 May 2006
  17. Ashcrapper


    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

    Posts: 315

    rather unfortunate
  18. robgmun


    Joined: 30 Apr 2006

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    Location: London

    Same here, i used to live in leytonstone until 1990 and he came round every week, horse and cart ringing a school bell shouting RAG N BONE!!!! I think it actually all stopped in the mid-80's.
  19. singist


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Student Hell Headingley

    Not heard one for years .....

    Always used to be "Any old iron or ragbone" as I ecall from my youth in the midlands.
  20. alexakasloth


    Joined: 13 Aug 2004

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    Location: Sussex

    What's a rag and bone man?