Epsom Races

An interesting photograph, taken in the early 1900s, of Epsom Racecourse. The men taking bets (in cash, of course) had hand-written sign-boards showing the odds for each horse. There were no mobile phones, calculators or computers with complex algorithms, so making the calculations required to set those odds and stay ahead of the punters was a joint effort with colleagues. They communicated with each other via a unique system of secret, semaphore, hand signals and were known as Tic-Tac men. Very few, if any, continue their art today.

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