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a person who polishes shoes and boots


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There is this leather jacket he owns and that some bootblacks cannot wait to clean, but he will not let them.
During the California Gold Rush, Blacks found themselves in California but outside of the gold rush economy and confined to domestic work, and to jobs as janitors, truck drivers, and bootblacks.
In his pulp novels from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Alger's working-class protagonists--such as bootblacks, newsmen, and peddlers--rise to economic comfort and social recognition through a sense of purpose, personal fortitude, and hard work, factors that are generally understood as Protestant moral ethics.
Our knowledge of their occupations, for example, has been clouded by popular perceptions both in the United States and in Salonika that "Oriental" or "Turkish" Jews worked largely as bootblacks on the Lower East Side.
Every shop and every cafe had an inscription saying it had been collectivised; even the bootblacks had been collectivised and their boxes painted red and black.
5) For example, James McCabe warns in his 1872 Lights and Shadows of New York Life that "a large part of the earnings of the bootblacks is spent for tobacco and liquors.
From the street sellers who populated the Cryes of London, to the "Black Guard" children who picked pockets and slept in annealing ovens, to the bootblacks, linkboys, and chimney sweeps, each type of beggar occupied a particular niche in society, providing services that no others would provide.
He was in "a no-win position" even before his act began to mortify middle-class blacks and intellectuals: "He was criticized for the offensive parts he took, but if he complained and was rebuked by the studios, he was castigated as a trouble-maker" by a black theatrical community fearful of losing what little opportunity it had for screen time as butlers, maids, stableboys, bootblacks, and voodoo priestesses.
The "handful," in short order, grew to "a great army of barbers, bootblacks, fruiterers and shoemakers," along with "about 400 persons employed in macaroni factories" and "many Italian watchmakers, bakers, confectioners, keepers of cafes and ice cream saloons, wine dealers, grocers, dry-goods dealers, and many in other businesses.
Newsboys and bootblacks accounted for 27 percent of all arrested.
Bill Borgnine recalls that screenings also were held for those with less exalted but still people-oriented occupations, saying that Seltzer was "out there in the field selling this picture to the public and he started by showing it to bootblacks, to barbers, to manicurists.
James Street to go to the North End, he would encounter the street boys--newsboys, bootblacks, delivery boys, wood- and coalpickers, peddlers, and plain idlers--about 5,000 of them in Boston alone, many orphaned or abandoned by their families.
Similar databases monitoring the investment policies and current rates of cab drivers, short-order cooks, and bootblacks are rapidly gaining in popularity.
The very bootblacks in the basement of Charing Cross Station know something of it.
The Padrone statute, for example, was designed to outlaw what was known as the "padrone system" whereby padrones in Italy inveigled from their parents young boys whom the padrones then used without pay as beggars, bootblacks, or street musicians.