Door to Door salesmen were very common in Birmingham, Alabama, when I was a little girl, and there were a few that my mother bought from regularly. She would always look forward to seeing the Fuller Brush Man, and I remember that she bought vanilla from the Watkins man. There was a local man, with a converted school bus, who came down our street quite frequently, with all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables.
I don't remember the Avon Lady ever stopping by, but the dry cleaners made a regular stop at our house for pickup and delivery. I also remember that my grandmother, who lived in Chicago, would call the grocery store, and a young boy would climb the stairs to her apartment and deliver her groceries right into her kitchen.
Why even the doctor made housecalls when I was sick!
And of course, my favorite, the young boy on the bicycle ... not just any bicycle, but one outfitted with a small freezer box behind the seat ... jingling his merry tune ... selling ICE CREAM!
Times have changed, and with our fast paced lives, many of these conveniences can be had only by paying extra for them.
And what about today's Door to Door salesperson?
Why it's the mail carrier or UPS driver, bringing your Internet purchase straight to your door!
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