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Subject: Re: [CHS] EXPLANATION OF TRADE - COOPER
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 04:57:55 EST


Hi Yvonne,
I suppose I should answer this one -
A Cooper is a person who makes Barrels.
This was a rather generic term, because it covered all sorts of receptacles,
(in the days before the plastic bag). Coopers made all sorts of containers
apart from the waterproof ones.
At one stage, Liverpool Docks employed over 1500 "Coopers".
Coopering was a skilled trade with a long apprenticeship of seven years.
Variations include Hoopers who made the Hoops that went on the
Barrels.
Another tradesman was the Coppersmith, but this depends how you spell the
name.
Cooper is 25th in the list of English Surnames.
"I make and mend both tub and cask,
And make 'em strong, to make 'em last.
here's butter prints and butter scales,
And butter boards and milking pails.
N'on this my friends may safely rest-
In serving them I'll do my best".
Ricky Cooper.


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