Sunday, January 13, 2013

The woman who was selling time

Meet, in this photo Ruth Belleville, London saleswoman of time.

In 1892, she took over the business of her parents. Every day, she cross-checked her chronometer clock at Greenwich Royal Observatory ... and then she delivered her customers the exact time (for example, watchmaker).

Like many other members of the oldest profession, Ruth suffered from progress. In February 1924, the radio station "Bi-bi-si" launched broadcast precise time from Greenwich, by the very famous six rings. As a result, out of 200 regular customers, only 40-50 customers remained faithful to she.

Ruth worked for nearly half a century, and in 1939, retired at the age of 85. During his career, she could pass for a certain artifact of history. Newspapers interested representative dying profession ... Radio interviewed her. In 2008, the National Museum in Greenwich has released a book about her.

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