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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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1 of 111  Thu 21st Jul 2011 3:43pm  
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This is a long shot, but does anyone remember Harry who used to sell all vegetables in the 60's. He used to park on the corner of Lincroft Crescent, Chapelfields on a Friday teatime come rain, shine or snow. He never let us down. When it rained we would all be huddled under a little awning he had for when it rained. Not sure where else he delivered but he was always on time and always seemed to be in a good mood no matter what the weather. His prices were reasonable too. He is what memories are all about.
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K
Somewhere
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2 of 111  Fri 11th Nov 2011 1:33pm  
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Out shopping today, my wife remarked at the growing number of delivery vans from supermarkets. And it set me thinking! Up to the late 1950s, there were lots of deliveries to the door - ironic given the large number of corner shops - that ceased as supermarkets began to take off. I recall Mason's pop ('Corona') being delivered, in wooden crates that held 4 bottles. You just left the crate with the empties in it outside the front door, and the truck driver called. The bottles had porcelain stoppers with rubber seals and wire toggles, so they were recycled(!!!) The baker called twice a week. Our baker had a shop in Earlsdon (Albany Road, I think) and turned up in a small Bedford van, painted cream with brown wings and the ubiquitous black-edged gold signwriting, his name in script. He brought the bread and some rolls to the door in a large wickerwork basket, lovely crusty rounded loaves (dribble...) and trays of cakes. I loved the cream slices and buns. Then there was the butcher, similar van, different make. The fishmonger, a bigger van, a bit ancient, a Fordson, with a counter set in the side. A greengrocer, likewise, painted pea green, and with a much bigger counter. The grocer's van was different; you climbed the steps at the back into the inside, and picked your stuff, paying as you got out - almost a supermarket on wheels! Of course, the milkman, coalman, French onion sellers on bikes with strings of onions on the handlebars, dry cleaners, hardware for a while, almost everything available at the door, some things two or three times a week. Yet you could buy everything you needed at our local Co-op; greens, fish, meat, groceries, and the chemist's shop in the middle. And all those things and more available from about ten corner shops that I can recall. How strange, really, that we seem to be going back to universal deliveries now that supermarkets are everywhere, and everyone has a car!
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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3 of 111  Fri 11th Nov 2011 3:41pm  
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I can remember our bread being delivered in a van which was still horse-drawn in the late 50s. Not certain but it may have been Sutton's Bakery. The grocery van that visited our area was owned by Coventry Co-op. I think it was red, which I'm sure was the corporate colour of the Coventry Co-op. You did indeed walk in via steps at the back. I am certain these vans were still in use up to the mid-70s. We also had Corona delivered for many years. Around 1970 one of my schoolmates got a Saturday job on their wagon. We would give all the crew a cuppa and they would leave us a few free bottles! My fondest memories of local delivery vans is given away by my user name, of course! I still call it 'D-Di' even now! Blush
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Greg
Coventry
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4 of 111  Fri 11th Nov 2011 3:49pm  
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Mr D-Di said `My fondest memories of local delivery vans is given away by my user name, of course! I still call it 'D-Di' even now! Blush` I think many of we older Coventrians do!!
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dutchman
Spon End
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5 of 111  Fri 11th Nov 2011 4:12pm  
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When we lived in Bond Street between 1959 and 1960 our meat was delivered in the ubiquitous Bedford CA van. Unusually, it was driven by young blonde woman who then took our next order. She was always amused that I would only eat lamb chops if they had a lot of fat left on them. Picture of a similar Bedford CA of the period chosen at random: Earlsdon milkman Joe Taylor continued using a CA long after it was superceded by newer models as he found it easier to load and unload. The Telegraph of course had a vast fleet of Bedford CAs in their distinctive livery.
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morgana
the secret garden
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6 of 111  Fri 11th Nov 2011 7:28pm  
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In the 70s I lived in Grange Road we used to have the milkman, which I could taste the difference between the plastic bottles we now have to the glass bottles from the milkman as they then started to inject the cows to make them produce more milk, put this in certain ones but wouldn't say which, also a breadman and a greengrocer who delivered to the door, recently early this year one from Holbrooks started to come around to deliver a mix of veg, toilet rolls etc but don't see him now. We used to get a chip van too.
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DBC
Nottinghamshire
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7 of 111  Fri 11th Nov 2011 7:51pm  
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British Railways (and the the private companies before the war) had three-wheel lorries for parcel deliveries. They always looked very unstable.
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K
Somewhere
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8 of 111  Sat 12th Nov 2011 11:04am  
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Thinking about how supermarkets are now all vying for our money with home deliveries, I was all set to say, "What goes around comes arou.." er, no-o-o...., "The wheel has gone almost full circ..." er, no, that won't do, either. "These things go in cycles...er, no, vans...." and then I gave up. Lol And then I got it! "History has a habit of repeating itself." It does, doesn't it? Thumbs up And it just showed how much we talk in cliches these days!! But going back to being serious, it's curious that home deliveries seemed to be far more active in a large city like Coventry, especially when there were lots of corner shops, than in this rural area, where we have to drive at least 10 miles to go to a proper large supermarket. (I'm not counting our local Waitrose, which is 5 miles away.) Maybe city dwellers were/are simply more enterprising.
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morgana
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9 of 111  Sun 13th Nov 2011 12:44am  
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Exactly what I said the other day, history like fashion repeats itself Smile. Perhaps it's because you're too far out and not viable for being cost effective (petrol) as even here in Coventry they will only deliver if you live so far out, like if I shopped in Bedworth and didn't live so close to Bedworth, Iceland wouldn't deliver if I lived on the other side of Coventry, they say it would have to be the Coventry branch I would have to go to. Wave
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dutchman
Spon End
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10 of 111  Sun 13th Nov 2011 2:16am  
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It's okay if you can pick the food in person for delivery later. Internet sites such as Tesco reserve the right to substitute items which are not in stock at the time of ordering. I've heard some less-than-flattering tales of what the customer can eventually end up with. Likewise in the old days it was not unusual for a grocer to pack bags such that the frssh items were on top and the half-rotten stuff hidden underneath.
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morgana
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11 of 111  Sun 13th Nov 2011 10:23am  
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Thank you so much Dutchman for that tip Thumbs up so glad I don't order on line, as freshness matters a lot to me as I mainly only get to main shop once a month, I go to Iceland and chose my own then they deliver.
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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12 of 111  Sun 13th Nov 2011 10:43am  
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We (my wife & I) still receive a fortnightly delivery of tea, coffee & confectionery in a Ringtons van. Once a month we do receive an online order from Tesco, but it is limited to what we call the heavyweights, like cat food, tins & so on. I will record a picture of the Ringtons van next Friday. We received a Davenports 'beer at home' delivery right up to the week when they stopped the service, which must be thirty or more years ago. Remember the advert, 'Beer at home means Davenports'. We have ordered a new lounge suite & dining room suite from your neck-in-the-woods, Dutchman & I am sure that is being delivered! Lol
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Tricia
Bedworth
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13 of 111  Sun 13th Nov 2011 2:18pm  
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As well as all the deliveries above, we used to have the coal delivered by horse and cart. There were scales on the cart so the 'Weights and Measures' could make spot checks that the weight in the bags was correct, if I remember right, each bag weighed 1 cwt. We had our coal from the co-op and used to order it from the co-op office in Corporation Street, opposite to where the co-op is now. The coalmen had to carry the bags down the entry round to our back garden and load it in the coalhouse. Thumbs up
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K
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14 of 111  Sun 13th Nov 2011 3:16pm  
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Hi tricia Yes, coalmen had big muscles then, didn't they? Oh my Ours was delivered by lorry, two men, a driver and mate, and they heaved it round to the back of the house, and tipped the bags out into the coalhouse. The bags were sort of woven rope, and as you say, 1 cwt each, with two large handles, and the coalmen wore leather jerkins, with a sort of reinforced harness having a large pad on one shoulder, also a leather cap. I think we got it from a coal merchant in Kenilworth for the most part. We still get coal delivered here, but the bags are only 25 kg now.... and the coalmen don't have black faces any more (and I don't mean skin colour); with all the coal dust, the coalmen were absolutely filthy by the time they'd delivered to a few houses. Sad What is it they say, the more things change the more they stay the same? Plus ca change... They delivered coke too. We supplemented coal with coke, partly because the coal was often as much dust or slack as lumps, and putting coke in with it aerated the dust and slack better, allowing it to burn, rather than go out.
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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15 of 111  Sun 13th Nov 2011 3:18pm  
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On 13th Nov 2011 2:18pm, tricia said: ....'Weights and Measures' could make spot checks that the weight in the bags was correct....
I can probably expand on this a little. I started work at the Weights & Measures offices in Livingstone Road in 1972 as an 18-year-old and one of the duties was to check the weights of sacks of coal on wagons in the city. In most places the inspectors had to carry the scale and weights in their cars. But Coventry was quite innovative here and had a by-law passed that every coal truck was required to carry a 'deadweight' scale and 2 56lb weights. The scale and weights had to be submitted to the office every year to be checked and stamped with the inspector's seals. I believe this by-law came about becauseof the fact that the Chief Inspector was the son of an Alderman of the city, or that is what was always rumoured. Coventry had an inspector who spent most of his professional life driving around checking coal merchants. He instinctively looked down every road he passed looking for them, and each one spotted would have the bags checked there and then. If the bags were short (as they often were) it was off to court. Coventry had a small but effective Weights & Measures service in those days and Livingstone Road, despite its drab and unassuming exterior, was 'state of the art' and the envy of many larger authorities. Happy days, too!
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