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  • "The Whip-Maker is a Dependant on the Saddler's Business. Whips are made of a wooden Handle and Whale-Bone, covered with Cat-Gut; they have the Tops from the Iron-Monger or Saddler's Founder: They are a Set of ingenious Workmen. Their Trade does not require much Strength; a Youth may be bound about fourteen or fifteen Years of Age, and when out of his Time, if a good Hand, may earn Eighteen Shillings a Week.—The Thong-Maker is a different Branch from a Whip-Maker, but remarkable neither for profit nor ingenuity."

    —R. Campbell, The London Tradesman, 1747, p. 236–237

    September 9, 2008

  • Poor, dumb thong-maker. ;-)

    September 9, 2008

  • Yeah, I can't tell if his point is that the trade isn't markedly different from whip-making, which he already called "ingenious," or that it's only for the "dumb" kids.

    September 9, 2008

  • Seems to be a leather accessory hierarchy.

    September 9, 2008

  • Honestly. Can't we all just get along? I mean... a thong? Can't we all just get a thong?

    September 9, 2008

  • Queen Victoria's Secret?

    September 9, 2008