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a person who polishes shoes and boots


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The original term bootblack or shoeblack originated in the 1800's and were so called because dress shoes were almost always black and had a shine to them.
They took local oral stories, such as "The Dublin Shoeblack," "Little Dominick," and "The Hibernian Mendicant" and published them for an educated, English-speaking audience.
Patrick O'Neil, a 19-year-old shoeblack got 18 months' hard labour when he was convicted of robbery.
Likened to Bill Sykes is Newcastle-born Patrick O'Neil, 19, whose occupation is given as shoeblack, and who was jailed for 18 months hard labour for house breaking.
Diseases such as syphilis or tuberculosis went unchecked, since not everyone recognised the symptoms and few could afford a doctor's help and added to all this, there were the newly-visible street types, the minstrels able to perform on a street corner at the drop of a hat (or a few pennies), the street urchins who picked pockets for a slice of bread, the young shoeblacks and the flower girls who went barefoot in winter.
Almost always prepubescent (and thus one would think still in need of parental care), they are nonetheless usually represented alone, never in a group with other African Americans of any age, and their significance emerges only in terms of their service to whites as servants, shoeblacks, or Civil War contraband.
We see shoeblacks and lamplighters with their tools and utensils; and milkmaids, fruit sellers and prostitutes touting their wares.
The workers in the background during Bloom's travels, sliding in and out of his consciousness--pawnbrokers, police, or shoeblacks, telegram boys, and cabbies--reflect either the extent of Dublin's recession, or the imbalance between the rich and poor.