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  1. annabel

    annabel Puts the Heart into Hertfordshire

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    Can anyone decipher the top job? It's for a woman previously a confectioner and coffee house keeper Phoebe.png
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    Could you post the census reference so that those of us with access can compare the writing with other on the page. :)

    Thanks
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Rents Gold ? Machine. Haven't quite got the other word yet. Might need some prompting.
     
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    annabel Puts the Heart into Hertfordshire

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    Household schedule number 261
    Piece
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    Folio
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    Page number
    50
    Household Members

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    Age
    Phebe Kean
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Doesn't help me, I can't look any way:(
    But it seems like gold plating (plattening) machine
     
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    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    Comparing with some writing on the previous page I would say it starts with an F.
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Gold flattening machine?
     
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    "The first penny press machine was a jewelry mill that was then altered to leave an engraving on the penny. Jewelry mills, while usually used to flatten gold, proved the perfect coin elongating devices."

    Don't know if this is the one, as the census is 1861.

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    https://abbottscorp.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/the-penny-press-machine-a-history/
     
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    annabel Puts the Heart into Hertfordshire

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    interesting. Would someone be able to rent a gold flattening machine? Why would you want to elongate a penny? :confused:
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    My brother and sister can make copper wire out of a penny when they are fighting over change :rolleyes:
     
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    Maybe she's making costume jewellery
     
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    The page has a lot of spelling mistakes and corrections, and I wondered if the original was "Reform" which was been incorrectly changed to "Rents".

    It's not something I know much about, but could it be something to do with recycling old gold etc? Or producing gold leaf?
     
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    Sorry missed too much off. Here's the whole paragraph:

    "The first penny press machine was a jewelry mill that was then altered to leave an engraving on the penny. Jewelry mills, while usually used to flatten gold, proved the perfect coin elongating devices. Souvenir collectors could take a break from dancing to their favorite ragtime music to watch the penny press operator drop a penny in, turn a hand crank, and result in an elongated coin with a “Columbian Exposition 1893” engraving."
     
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    GrannyBarb Custodian of the Family Accounts

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    Ha, ha. I read the "Flat" as "Flax" and thought: Huh, you can rent a machine that will spin gold from flax! :D
     
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    arthurk Well-Known Member

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    You're not the only one - one of the sites hosting the image has transcribed it as "Rents Gold Flax Money Machine" :D

    Was her middle name Rumpelstiltskin, by any chance?
     
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    To make their money spread out a little further ?
    (LOL)
     
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    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    From the Leed's Mercury 7th December 1896
    On Sale - Jeweller's Gold Flattening Roller Mill; rolls 2 1/2ins diam. by 4ins long, fast and loose pulleys, belt gear and foundation plate. For hand or power £5. Bodley Brothers and Co., Exeter.

    ...... and if you Google "gold flattening roller mill" they are still available today for around £160 :)
     
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    annabel Puts the Heart into Hertfordshire

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    Thank you everyne, that all makes more sense now. It sounds like piece work for jewellers
     
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