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On Friday, in article "Derek Lyons"

Pay packets were *very* specialized envelopes. For a start, they were perforated with a number of quarter-inch diameter holes, which allowed the employee to verify that the packet contained the coins which the external calculations purported. In later days, when wages1 rose to the level that pay packets needed to contain bank-notes, then there was usually a cut-off corner, that allowed the employee to riffle through the notes and verify their number and denomination (hmm: I wonder how this fared in Merkia, where all the notes are indistinguishable unless one can see quite a lot of them: in the UK, it was easy to distinguish a brown ten-bob note from a blue pound note and a white fiver; or in a later age, a brown ten-bob from a green pound and a blue fiver).

The idea behind these measures was that the employee should be able to verify that the pay packet contained the sum of money that the calculations on its outside said that it contained, *without* opening it. In the event of a dispute, the employee ought to be able to prove that the packet was "light" (either due to simple error, or perhaps misappropriation by the wages clerk) without the employer suspecting that the wage-earner had already abstracted a few quid.

IBMWatson autobiographythoughts on 776
Yes things were simpler back then but getting more and more complex. Beginning in the 1930s, employers had to deduct social security taxes. The pbuttage of this law...
IBMWatson autobiographythoughts on 778
Allan Olley Year Gross Income in millions 1919 9 1920 14 1921 9 1926 14 1930 19 1935 22 1936 25 1937 31 1938 34 1942 86 1943 131 1948 156 1951 335...

1 Wage earners were paid weekly (or more frequently, if day labour); *salaried* staff were paid monthly (and one of their conditions of employment was usually that they would accept payment in some form of scrip: either direct transfer to the employee's bank, or a cheque, or for Civil Servants a government warrant, signed on behalf of the Paymaster-General).

-- "Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte." Blaise Pascal,Lettres Provinciales-, 1657

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