Daniels Scrap Metal Pickup

The ICONIC (<–fixed word) scrap metal collection dude gets around the entire Junction it seems daily.

Here he pictured on a off street just north of St Clair Ave.

This gentleman is a great small business in the area. He fully licensed as a collector by the city of Toronto.

Got metal stop as he drives by.

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  1. Mary Wilmont says:

    What is ironic about him?

  2. junctioneer says:

    Ok, in respect of the dictionary and received meaning of the word having the character of an icon. he is licensed – a rarity among street collectors. Additionally he is very well known for his ,many years of professional collecting, another rarity among collectors. He has the respect of so many other collectors and metal merchants. As well a lot of big and small west local business entrust their recycling to him.

    Dictionary meaning 2. Having a conventional formulaic style he has a very patterned picking and sorting operation, if you were to walk by his garage, you would think he reads up on metal commodity prices daily, planning just when to sell each type for the maximum return. (he may just do that)

    …and lastly this author can only view him with respect as carrying on a age old traditional of gathering and recycling, a fine person carrying on the trade of the type of costermonger in the noun iteration of the word as one someone who purchases or collects and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold. (wish I could remember the volume and chapter in LONDON LABOUR AND THE LONDON POOR by Henry Mayhew, which has a much a much better description than I have provided.

    Another Junction collector who now is commonly be referred to as the chair piler among the Junction infiltration community. (name coined by Reid English as he came upon him balancing on a group of piled chairs) (do not know if that is a word) The person is someone who is known to pile chairs in crazy 3 and 4 level groups to reach the ceiling of old abandoned Junction industrial buildings to reach the conduit to extract the copper wires. The author does not vioew this type of metal collector as iconic but as an opportunist.

    I think the Junction needs a good audio capture of its oohs and aahs, don't you?

    from Wikipedia

    London Labour and the London Poor is a work of Victorian journalism by Henry Mayhew. In the 1840s he observed, documented and described the state of working people in London for a series of articles in a newspaper, the Morning Chronicle, that were later compiled into book form.

    The articles go into deep, almost pedantic detail concerning the trades, habits, religion and domestic arrangements of the thousands of people working the streets of the city. Much of the material comprises detailed interviews in which people candidly describe their lives and work: for instance, Jack Black talks about his job as "rat and mole destroyer to Her Majesty", remaining in good humour despite his experience of a succession of near-fatal infections from bites.[1]
    Beyond this anecdotal material, Mayhew's articles are particularly notable for attempting to justify numerical estimates with other information, such as census data and police statistics. Thus if the assertion is made that 8,000 of a particular type of trader operate in the streets, Mayhew compares this to the total number of miles of street in the city, with an estimate of how many traders operate per mile. full article link

  3. Kerry Zimmerman says:

    You mean ICONIC?

  4. junctioneer says:

    as the other commenter noted I was typing ICONIC

    sorry about that,

  5. junctioneer says:

    yes i do! thanks for the correction,

  6. A.R. says:

    Opportunist? You mean criminal. Some scumbags go into vacant buildings and steal the copper wiring and architectural trim for their own profit. Often these are heritage buildings that they abuse. They are among the lowest of the low, and anyone who sees such a crime taking place should probably call the police.

  7. Robert says:

    Yes I would agree with you in all you say, this person was in a very polluted north Junction building that has been so bady let go by its owners the city had to secure the building.

    It was not historical at all.

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