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Post by observer Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:06 pm


1.) Bowling alley pin setter

This was typically a teenager’s job and didn’t pay very well

2.) Knocker-upper

Knocker-uppers were basically human alarm clocks.
They would make sure their clients would wake up
They would rap on doors and windows with truncheons, or even use pea shooters

3.) Ice cutter

When lakes froze, ice cutters would saw through the layers
and give the pieces to ice delivery men

4.) Pre-radar enemy aircraft detection

These devices helped soldiers listen for approaching
enemy aircraft and warn their own troops

5.) Rat catcher

In Europe, rat catchers were hired to control the rodent
population and prevent the spread of disease

It wasn't an easy job, as many of them would suffer from bites

6.) Lamp lighter

Until electric street lamps were introduced, lamp lighters would
need to go around lighting or extinguishing street lamps

7.) Milkman

Because of less advanced refrigeration and preservation techniques,
cold milk would need to be delivered often

8.) Log drivers: Before log transportation via truck was possible,
these men would guide logs down the river.

9.) Switchboard operator

Before modern technology, switchboard operators were an integral
part of telephone networks by connecting calls

10.) Resurrectionist: They were basically 19th century body snatchers.
Resurrectionists would remove corpses from graves for universities to use as cadavers

11.) Factory worker lector

Lectors hired at factories would read to those
who worked all day, providing entertainment

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Post by Ruby Tuesday Sat Feb 14, 2015 9:40 am

Mail man

Just kidding, of course. Thinking about all those community boxes now, vs the door to door delivery.

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Post by observer Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:19 am

Yup, Ruby - they'll have to update that list!
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Post by retired2 Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:31 am

What are they going to do with the rural routes?? A group box every concession?
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Post by Ruby Tuesday Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:40 pm

I believe that's the way of the future, yes. Just not sure over how many years this transition is supposed to take place over.
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Post by observer Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:00 pm

Think it's supposed to happen in Delhi - where I live- this summer. I have no idea how they plan to handle the rural areas - but I'm guessing some rural residents may have a fairly long trek to pick up their mail. Can't see putting up one of those boxes with only 4 units in it, for example.
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Post by retired2 Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:14 pm

Simcoe is done this year also. On the other hand Waterford, Courtland, Dover, Rowan never had it anyway. They are just leveling the playing field
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Post by observer Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:23 pm

However, I always have a problem when the playing field becomes the LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR instead of raising it to the higher level!
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Post by Ruby Tuesday Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:22 pm

Canada Post can't sustain itself by raising it to the highest denominator.

There are lots of uncertainties about who is responsible for the mailbox area. I see lots of folks questioning who is the party that will be cleaning the snow from the area to make it safe for those that pull over to get their mail. The Norfolk County folks have set an unfortunate precedent on the 14th (?) concession whereas when they paved the road they also paved the shoulder in front of the communal mailbox area.
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Post by retired2 Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:14 pm

This from Canada Post website

Seniors’ residences, apartments or condos where mail is delivered to the lobby; and rural customers with a mailbox at the end of their driveway:
No change
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Post by retired2 Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:15 pm

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Post by observer Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:51 pm

OK - now you rural guys are the ones getting preferential treatment!!!
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Post by retired2 Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:14 pm

Not me, have had group box for years. The rest of the world is just catching up to us
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Post by Ruby Tuesday Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:08 pm

Well I have a long laneway, that should count for something!
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