Early interesting Cars:
Above is the first ever patented auto by Mercedes-Benz.
Above is Henry Ford in his first car.
Over my life time I have been amazed at the changes my parents saw in their life times: They saw the first Cars, airplanes and manmade Earth Satellite (Remember Sputnik?).
NOW, looking back over my short (!!!) 82 years this coming January, the changes amaze me. I could not see the loss of ‘Cobblers’ (shoe repair shops). I was raised remembering holes in my shoe soles and daddy taking them to get them ‘half-soled.’ AND when living in town, we ALWAYS had a MILKMAN.
I drove nails with a hammer, before I left the building industry we were using air-guns and driving more nails in 30 minutes than I could drive by hand in 8 hours. TV happened in my lifetime. The first B/W I ever saw my brother bought in NYC (he was a truck driver). It had about a 7” screen and weighed a ‘ton.’ There were no TV stations near so all we watched was a test pattern. We thought it was ‘cool’.
All this is not new to you of course with the advent of electronics. In 1956 I used one of the first FAX (facsimile) machines. It used a turning drum and read and transmitted one small hairline bit at a time as the drum turned. It took about ten minutes to send a page.
We have met people of many occupations over our life time. Many I had never heard of. To quote a line from one of my favorite ‘poems’:
The Northern Lights have seen strange sights, but the strangest they ever did see was on the marge of Lake Labarge, I cremated Sam McGee.
I met a man whose dad was the REAR driver of a ‘hook ‘n ladder truck’ in NYC. The rear wheels turned on those trucks to get around the turns and traffic. The physics of the idea is when the front driver turns the steering wheel right the rear driver turns left. So to turn left the rear driver’s brain must ‘think’ TURN RIGHT.
The strange thing I am pointing out is what the son told me.
“Dad cannot trust himself to drive a car nor the RV, mom does the ‘real’ driving; because at times in a quick decision dad’s reactions have been ‘opposite’ what they should have been.”
Example of the LONG short turn, I can sure see a problem there. :-O.
Occupations? Do you miss any?
What is the most different jobs you have done or known?
PS: This computer is acting ‘half right today!’