Okay, it’s maybe not quite up to the level of the huge spool of string (or was it twine?) that was attached to the ceiling of Bobbie Sager Ramsay‘s general store in Queensborough – with some sort of contraption that allowed Bobbie to pull down on the strong/twine and tie up your package of pork chops or whatnot that was on her sales counter – but you have to admit this is some fun vintage retail stuff here. Take a look and cast your mind back: Do you remember when all manner of stores had these devices? (I have no idea what they were called; do you?) And do you remember the sound of the sales clerk’s pen writing out the details of what you were purchasing, and then the clerk pushing a button and your copy of the bill of sale magically coming out of that not-so-high-tech machine? (With the merchant’s own carbon copy, on pink or yellow paper, also produced, and boy that was wizardry back in the day.)
I had to take a photo when I came upon this unit in a store somewhere in Ontario (the exact location is my secret) not more than a month ago. I couldn’t believe these things (what are they called?) are still in use, at least in the odd place. But I quickly decided to shove aside my disbelief, suspecting that it was far more useful to the general karma to just be thankful for a sweet reminder of the good old days of buying and selling merchandise.