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Queuing for work at Butler's Wharf, London

Queuing for work at Butler's Wharf, London
Photograph taken circa 1910 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: bb87/09665

A system of casual employment was operated in London docks whereby men would queue up to be taken on each day. This was unpopular, but continued well into the 20th century. Large numbers were required when trade was good because almost all the work of moving and loading goods was done by hand.