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Work and Vocational Training

Bob Gaffner, Fishermen’s Helper

That Bob! "He's full of the old mick!" Huh? That expression summons up a mere two Google hits. I suspect it's a euphemism for "full of the old Nick," which in turn was a euphemism for "full of the Devil."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 02, 2016 | Comments (2)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Work and Vocational Training, Children, 1950's

The Front Line:  Supermarket Checker

Soldiers in the war on shoppers! I mean, soldiers helping shoppers!

Look at how much more intelligence was needed for this job then, compared to this age of scanners and credit cards.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 20, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Food, Work and Vocational Training, Retailing, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #249

Hey, buddy: those pallets aren't gonna stack themselves! And, lady, those clothes aren't gonna pin themselves to the line!

Seriously, does hubby even have a job after dashing out of work in the middle of the day?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Work and Vocational Training, Husbands, Wives, 1960's, Cars

Practical Jokes on Corpse


Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 11, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Work and Vocational Training, 1900's, Pranks

Refreshment on the Job

The economy that soda built.

Obsolete Vocations


Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 29, 2014 | Comments (15)
Category: Self-help Schemes, Work and Vocational Training, 1920's

“I Can’t Take a Boy with THAT Many Pimples!”


My question: if this happened to Jack in 2013, could he launch a successful discrimination lawsuit?

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 08, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body, Work and Vocational Training, Advertising, 1930's

Grocer Gives Store To Employees

I nominate this guy as the best boss of the year. After 46 years as a grocery store owner, he gave the company to the employees. Here's the link:

Here's Joe at the store.


He says he operates on a simple philosophy -- "Do the right thing."

He plans to travel with the money generated by the ESOP.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sat Dec 01, 2012 | Comments (1)
Category: Work and Vocational Training
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