I think the first time I ever saw a chimney sweep was in the movie Mary Poppins
! This is not something we see in America, or if we do, not in a "uniform" that is associated with the profession, ie.a tophat.
While in our apartment last year in Hannover, Germany, this gentleman came and cleaned out the chimney for the entire building. Since our apartment is the top, attic apartment, I was the lucky one to see the whole thing. I just wish I had gotten him with his brushes silhouetted against the morning sky!