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Delivery truck outside Swansea Cash Grocery at the corner of Lavinia Avenue and Morningside Avenue, Swansea, 1913. From the Toronto Public Library’s Digital Collection.
Horses knew their routes well, often departing from one stop for the next before their driver got back to the wagon. “Like every other delivery boy who drove a rig, we could place our instep on the hub of the wheel, let it revolve while our foot remained stationary, and nonchalantly mount to the seat,” McAree recalled of his novel way of remounting a moving wagon during his early employment delivering groceries. “There was here a first-class opportunity of getting a broken leg, and we defied it for the adventurous thrill.”