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    Photographic tout - a profession?

    Hello,

    I would like to know if the underlined words below refer to any specific kind of profession:


    Love is woman's business, and in " business " we all lay aside our natural weaknesses—the shyest man I ever knew was a photographic tout.
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    Re: Photographic tout - a profession?

    Please tell us the source and author of your quotation.

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    Re: Photographic tout - a profession?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Please tell us the source and author of your quotation.
    It's from the last page of the "On being Shy" chapter of the book entitled "Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow" by Jerome K. Jerome.

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    Re: Photographic tout - a profession?

    It makes a difference for us to know that the book was written in 1886.

    In the early days of photography, touts would be employed by photographers to solicit business, which they often did in an aggressive or intimidating way, like today's high-pressure salesmen.

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