Indian salesmen

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Topic Originator: Mike Laughton
Post Date April 13, 2012 @ 4:51 PM
 Indian salesmen

Mike Laughton
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I wonder if anyone else remembers the Indian door-to-door salesmen that used to visit Stamford during the late 1940s and early 1950s.
I remember that, as a small child, I was fascinated by them and their turbans which I thought were quite exotic.  (This was years before mass immigration from India and Pakistan began).
The salesmen were always very smartly dressed with a collar and tie and offered to sell a range of items from a suitcase.  They would sell all kinds of things including shirts and other clothing and didn't seem to specialize in any one range of items such as cleaning products.
As I recall their command of English was not very good and they seemed to have a few key phrases such as: "You very lucky lady."
I assume they were self-employed.
Up to then I had only ever seen Turbans in Sabu films and wished I could have had one.