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  • n. Plural form of tinsmith.


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  • Many non-Travellers refer to the group as 'Itinerants' which means "people who travel from place to place" or 'tinkers' which originally meant "tinsmiths"; however, the latter term is considered derogatory.

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  • The dusty streets were wide and unpaved … lined with low one-story buildings of brick or earth, little shops and industries, blacksmiths and tinsmiths, bakeries and hot-water shops, dry-goods and sweetmeat shops, all the life of a people confined geographically and therefore mentally and spiritually to an old and remote area.


  • And their tradition as “tinkers” or tinsmiths goes back hundreds of years.

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  • BARTLET [VO] “Tonight, what began on the commons in Concord, Massachusetts, as an alliance of farmers and workers, of cobbles man and tinsmiths, of statesmen and students, of mothers and wives, of men and boys, lives two centuries later as America!”

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  • We have seen examples where local carpenters, tinsmiths, leatherworkers or blacksmiths have put together simple crutches, carts, wooden legs and other aids.

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  • "Take a month to journey through the taiga forest in the dead of winter and knock on the gates pretending to be wandering tinsmiths?"

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  • Then up they went through the narrow dingy streets with their overhanging houses that made a pleasant shade, past the quarters of the tinsmiths and the jewelers, the tailors and the sandal-makers.

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  • They found the rest of the meeting, two strange master-slaters and the official builders of the council, carpenter, masons, and tinsmiths, waiting for them at the tower-door.

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