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April 12, 1899
pg 454


The difficulty of keeping plate in polish is very great, and the secret of it is known to comparatively few people not in the trade. As a matter of fact, it is an industry which affords a livelihood to a large number of persons, chiefly girls, in London, Sheffield, Birmingham and other great centers. The big manufacturers of plated articles keep a large permanent staff of plate polishers at work, and an important part of their duty is to pay periodical visits to the retailers who stock the goods made by their employers, and clean up all the plate. The method of cleaning is curious. The chief feature of it is using the ball of the thumb as a polishing pad. With this wonderfully well-suited, natural pad and a little rouge powder these practiced polishers produce miracles of shininess. The dullest of metal quickly takes on a mirror-like polish under the hands of a good work girl, whose muscles, through long use, become almost untiring.

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As Lord Peter Whimsey noted, you can judge the quality of a butler by the darkness of his thumbs.

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I guess carpal tunnel syndrome hadn't been recognized yet???

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