moving circa 1920

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Mon Aug 14 23:10:19 EDT 2006

The bane of railroad officials was having to move for da good old Comp'ny.

One of the pains attendant to that ritual was having the family's goods moved in a boxcar.

The station agents at both ends of the move would arrange for section hands to do the loading/unloading and possibly the draying.

But the goods, furniture and other chattels usually arrived in splinters, and there was no recourse against the railroad. So much for "Precision Transportation," huh?

I believe this marvellous process was supplanted by the moving van in the mid- to late-1950s.

-- abram burnett
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