Milkmen of past, present share similarities
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#1 Jan 9, 2011
I remember when i was a kid we had a milkman. We put the money in the milk box on the front porch steps. We had a milkman who liked eels. We would still catch eels in the river back then. We we would bring the eels home and throw them in the freezer and save for the milkman.
Must women did not work back then. They got to see the milkmen on a regular basis. Well
if everyone in your family had black hair except one sibling ,it was blamed on the milkmen.
#2 Jan 9, 2011
This story is about nostalgia, so don't complain! Wow! You actually had a FREEZER in a REFRIGERATOR. We had an 'iceman' with a horse drawn wagon. We also had milk delivered by a 'milkman'; blonde dude. Although my hair is white today, everyone in my family had black hair except me, BLONDE (is THAT what happened)! Seriously, then he went off to Germany and was killed in WWII...we were terribly upset. Mom always invited the insurance man in for coffee each week. We each had a 5 cent per month insurance policy, collected at the kitchen door, remember them? As a teenager, I worked at the ICE PLANT on Sumner Street in West York. Like does anyone care? Yea, didn't think so, but 'barneyrubble' will understand and appreciate. Oh my, nostalgia! Hi Johnny Swartz, one of my old buddies!
#3 Jan 9, 2011
I was not complainging just reminiscing. Apparently I am youger than you are, that is why we had a fridge with a freezer. I care and do understand and appreciate. Thanks for your post.
#4 Jan 9, 2011
Yeah, we had a milk man, a bread man, an insurance man who come around every week or two to collect a few dollars, a Fuller Brush man, and we got mail twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Wow, we've advanced so far haven't we?
#5 Jan 9, 2011
'barney' I knew YOU would not complain, I meant OTHERS that do not KNOW what it was like back then!'Mikey' good ones; in West York, we also had an elderly black gentleman from the city, always wore a tie, like everyone else, would come by about once a month, with his horse drawn wagon, yellin' "Rags, rags, rags". Naturally, he was the rag man. We kids unintentionally ran the poor guy out of business. You see, we collected EVERYTHING, from rags/pots/pans/scrap metal/ and even picked 'rag weed' to be used in life jackets; all for the WWII effort. We thought we were really helping the boys overseas, and WE DID! We sledded most of the winter as streets were snow/ice covered. No equipment for salting/plowing (salting, what's that). I made many a buck at Ben's Mobile gas station in WY, putting on tire change when the big ones would arrive. He charged a buck and folks would give we kids a buck...huge, huge bucks in THOSE days. Everyone sat their ashes out at the curb for the garbage man; got stuck, just grab a bucket of ashes. At least for WE old timers, it is fun to reminisce! There is also a neat article on olden day butcher shops in the area. No need for you young whipper snappers to condemn us. Thanks to one and all! Oh my, nostalgia, and all of a sudden we wind up in the 21st Century; damn, what happened?
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