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Misplaced superstition in 1969
W. Kendrick April
contributed the following letter to R&S
A client whose furniture we have moved on two occasions
is now arranging to employ us for the third time. She
writes to say she is superstitious and has feelings of dread
and apprehension because it has always been said that
‘three moves are as bad as a fire’. We have endeavoured
to place her mind at rest, but can anyone tell me how
this silly old wives’ tale originated? It reflects discredit
upon our trade.
Editor’s note – the phrase is attributed to Benjamin
Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United
States of America. He died in 1790, so we regret we are
unable to contact him for information.
The maxim first appeared in Franklin’s yearly almanac,
Poor Richard’s Almanack, in 1757, and it means that
one cannot keep changing their mind about something
and expect success to take root:
I never saw an oft-removed tree, nor yet an oft-removed
family, that thrived so well as those that settled be. And
again, three removes are as a bad as a fire.
Similarly, this house advert designed in the early 1970s
evidences the vital role played by Removals & Storage
in helping BAR Members consolidate knowledge and
keep up to date on issues of key import within the
sector. The illustration depicts the reader of R&S as an
owl, an animal that has served as a symbol of wisdom
since at least the time of the Ancient Greeks.
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The art of removals
in the 1970s
Below are laid out three watercolour centrefold adverts from several
April issues of R&S ranging across the mid-to-late 1970s, courtesy of
Michael Gerson Ltd. A correspondent to R&S at the time teased what
he termed their “artistic obscurity”, but the R&S editorial team
agrees that they are a beautiful document of the vitality of the
removals sector and its many different areas of operation.
March 1980 was the month BAR successfully
negotiated the purchase of the freehold for its
headquarters on Gray’s Inn Road, central London.
As reported in R&S April 1980, the Editor
comments that “for a long time, many Members
have felt that this is a vital step to take.”
The BAR Board of Management deduced that after
negotiations with the freeholders, the price of
£118,000 for the freehold of 277-279 Gray’s Inn
Road was a good one and has confirmed its offer
(subject to contract).
One thing the Board wishes to make clear!
The Association is not necessarily expected to be
permanently committed to the present premises in
Gray’s Inn Road. Although convenient in some
ways, they are not the most suitable in others and there may be developments (with BAR Services,
for example) which might make it desirable to seek another headquarters outside central London
in some years’ time.
The future policies have yet to be discussed and deduced so there are unlikely to be any
immediate changes. In the meanwhile, the BAR will be able to make use of a property investment
for the better service of all its members.
Remarkably, the same
issue published a
clairvoyant cartoon which
foresaw the location of
the BAR’s future (and
present) home in Watford.
It is captioned: “It’s a
matter of an insecure load,
sir – 38 items, starting
with a piano at the