Rag-and-Bone manis a British phrase referring to an individual who would travel the streets of a city with a horsedrawn cart, and would collect old rags (for converting into fabric and paper), bones for making glue, knife handles, toys and ornaments, and when treated, for chemistry. scrap iron and other items, often trading them for other items of limited value, or selling them to merchants. Traditionally this was a task performed on foot, with the scavenged materials(which included rags, bones and various metals) kept in a small bag slung over the shoulder. In the 19th century, rag-and-bone men typically lived in extreme poverty, surviving on the proceeds of what they collected each day. Conditions improved following the Second World War, but the trade declined during the latter half of the 20th century. Lately (2007-2017), however, due in part to the soaring price of scrap metal, rag-and-bone men can once again be seen at work in many third world (as well as some first world ) countries.
Rags Make Paper - Paper Makes Money - Money Makes Banks - Banks Make Loans - Loans Make Beggars - Beggars Make Rags-----Anon. English 19th C.