Three Brass Balls: The Story of the Irish Pawnshop Jim Fitzpatrick

ISBN: 9781898256106

Published: March 1st 2002

Paperback

130 pages


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Three Brass Balls: The Story of the Irish Pawnshop  by  Jim Fitzpatrick

Three Brass Balls: The Story of the Irish Pawnshop by Jim Fitzpatrick
March 1st 2002 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 130 pages | ISBN: 9781898256106 | 3.13 Mb

In E. L. Wallants The Pawnbroker, he writes: The shop creaked with the weight of other peoples sorrows. Composers, artists, and writers have drawn upon the image of pawnbrokers -- Hogarth, Dickens, Joyce, Chaplin, and Jerry Adams. Yet pawnbrokersMoreIn E. L. Wallants The Pawnbroker, he writes: The shop creaked with the weight of other peoples sorrows. Composers, artists, and writers have drawn upon the image of pawnbrokers -- Hogarth, Dickens, Joyce, Chaplin, and Jerry Adams.

Yet pawnbrokers were rarely given due respect or praise, as it wasnt a proper business. In 1788 there were 51 pawnbrokers in Ireland, and over 600 by 1867. The pawnbroker was as common as the corner shop. Today, there are only six in the entire country. This history traces the rise and fall of the Irish pawnshop and the different denominations and hues of Irish society involved, as well as who pawned and what. Artificial limbs, boxing gloves, birdcages, and false teeth were commonly pledged. Personal reminiscences from both sides of the counter add vivid descriptions of life in this most interesting and human of businesses.



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