One of my first jobs was working in the Cosmetics Department at The May Company Department Store on Public Square in downtown Cleveland. It was Christmas time 1974/75 and the first register I ever worked looked just like this.
Seriously…we could have stored extra employees in it. The thing was so huge that standing in front of it the first time I realized it was “all or nothing at all”. Little did I know that would become my Mantra I would be chanting throughout my life when faced with huge confusing tasks. And we had to balance it every night. That was my first lesson in size. It DOESN’T matter. It’s whats inside that counts. Always and forever.
But it did make me appreciate my other early employment…a counter clerk at the New York Bakery
Now this is where size did matter! You wanted the biggest, gooeyist goodies you could lay your hands on. So I considered it a wonderful 1st job. Leaving St. Pete’s High School on Superior and E18th at 2;30 pm I’d hot-foot it down there following that Bakery scent to just outside and down the concourse from the Higbee’ Terminal Tower entrance. I’d spend a few hours working the bakery counter and tossing bakery at people flying down those concourses on their way home heading down into the dark tunnels that led to the Rapid Transit taking a little goodie or two with them. But by the time I got out of there between 7 and 8pm the downtown streets were deserted and just too scary to keep that job for too long. Amazing the pictures of things you run across in the middle of the night that jog memories of people and places and things from years ago. Mine I find at the Google Life Archive or www.clevelandmemory.org . Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.
Photographs courtesy of Google source : Life Archive and www.clevelandmemory.org the Michael Schwartz Library Special Collection at Cleveland State University.