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Urban Trades – The Cobbler (1568)
This image of a cobbler was taken from a 1568 publication entitled Eygentliche Beschreibung Aller Stäande auf Erden [Actual Description of all Professions on Earth], with verses by Hans Sachs and illustrations by Jost Amman. The caption says the cobbler can make everything from slippers and fine women’s shoes to boots and crossbow holders. Woodcut by Jost Amman (1539-91), 1568.