Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I was wrong about the tying machine. They did exist at the time; they were available; therefore, they must have had one since Troy West said they did. 

But, that was the only thing I was wrong about. I was right when I said that Troy West said that he worked in another building. Belin just ignored him, and after that, it seemed that Troy was just winging it, trying to tell him what he wanted to hear. But, English is English, and he said: 

Mr. BELIN - Well I have a first floor map here of the Texas School Book Depository. Here is Elm Street and here is the front entrance. Here is Mr. Truly's office, and Here is Mr. Shelley's office. There is the stairway down to the basement, and there are the elevators and the back stairway. There are the toilets there. About where would you wrap mail there? Here is the Domino room and the shower. You are looking here, that is north Elm Street runs this way and Houston Street runs that way. It is shown on the diagram.
Mr. WEST - Well, my place was in the west side of the other building. 

So, let's look at the first floor map to which Belin was referring.

So, you've got stairs, elevators, the dock, the door, shower, the bathroom, the domino room where they ate lunch, Shelley's office, Truly's office (and for some reason, Shelley's office was 3x bigger than Truly's). And then you had the front area with the two sets of doors and the stairs in the northeast corner and the doorway in front. Now, do you see anything about a shipping room or a mail room?

No, there wasn't one. So, what we are expected to believe is that the mailing operation of this company was just done out in the open on the first floor, that it wasn't enclosed within its own room. Are you buying that?

Let's take a look at the tying machine again, and turn up the volume on your sound system. I want you to hear it. I want you to hear that racket.


So, we are supposed to believe that they had that incessant racket going on right out in the open on the first floor all day long. Are you buying that? They had a whole operation there that consisted of rolls of brown shipping paper, a special dispenser that wet the tape as it came off the roll, they had the string tying machine, and even though it wasn't mentioned, they must have had a labeling machine of some kind because they weren't just scratching names and addresses on the parcels like Grandma does with her fruitcake, were they? And let's go the distance: Don't we have to assume they had a Pitney Bowes machine to spew out the postage? Like the Bunn tying machines, they've been around since early in the 20th century, so they must have had one. You can't tell me they were going down to the post office every day and waiting on line to process those packages. 

And then you needed space to store the finished parcels until they were picked up or taken to the post office. 

So, that's a heck of a lot of stuff and a heck of a lot of activity that, according to Belin, was just happening in the open space of the first floor on the west side. 

So, are you buying it? Because I'm not buying it. I go back to what Troy West said:

Mr. WEST - Well, my place was in the west side of the other building. 

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