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One of the last climbing chimney sweeps carrying a mattock for scraping the inside of chimneys, a brush to sweep the loose soot, and sacks for bagging up soot. Sweeps not only suffered badly from sores, they were also susceptible to cancer of the scrotum. Engraving from 'London Labour and the London Poor' by Henry Mayhew (London, 1861).

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One of the last climbing chimney sweeps carrying a mattock for scraping the inside of chimneys, a brush to sweep the loose soot, and sacks for bagging up soot.  Sweeps not only suffered badly from sores, they were also susceptible to cancer of the scrotum.   Engraving from 'London Labour and the London Poor' by Henry Mayhew (London, 1861).