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Satchels could be a pain in the back; LETTERS.

WHEN I was a grammar schoolboy in the late 1940s I carried my books, pencil box, ruler etc in my satchel.

The straps on the satchel were adjusted by my dad to ensure the satchel rode high on my back.

As a Boy Scout, the straps on my rucksack were similarly adjusted and when I was a member of the Armed Forces in the early 1950s the back pack was also adjusted, and the Drill sergeants made sure.

At that time the 1937 pattern webbing consisted of a waist belt, two shoulder straps, a side pack, a water bottle and a back pack. There were also two short straps which enable the back pack to have some of its weight taken by the waist belt.

The back pack was adjusted to sit high on the back.

The whole point was that the shoulders were better at taking the weight all this to avoid straining one's lower back!

Nowadays we see schoolchildren and adults slinging packs on the back on long straps which allows the bag to bounce on the lower back or even on the backside.

Surely this can cause back problems in later life, or was all that adjusting in the 1940s and 50s purely a waste of time? ABJ Bamforth Llanfairpwll
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jul 18, 2013
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