During a time when alarm clocks were expensive and unreliable, a knocker-upper was often hired by British people to wake them up in alternative ways. (5/77) List item Submitted to "Bizarre Photos from the Past That Show How Weird our History was" Approved 1.1k Views Mary Smith earned about six pence a week using a pea shooter to shoot dried peas at the windows of sleeping workers in East London in the 1930s. Item navigation Previous submission Next submission View full list Written by Jacob Aberto Sincere, friendly, curious, ambitious, enthusiast. I'm a content crafter and social media expert. I love Classic Movies because their dialogue, scenery and stories are awesome. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.