Clothes make the meterman

This article, from September 1927, advocates the use of standardized uniforms for utility workers who service and read meters. This is meant to prevent “unscrupulous individuals from obtaining entrance to customers’ premises by impersonating employees of the utility.” Simple identification cards, the article posits, are “insufficient” because “the public is careless and does not always insist on identification, or is sufficiently gullible to accept a plausible excuse for its absence.” In a militaristic flash, an employee’s station within the utility would be designated on the uniforms with silver stars or stripes, depending on the length of employee’s tenure.

Clothes make the meterman

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