How could they be so sure?

In the old world things would not change so quickly. Change was predictable. You could extrapolate the current conditions and get an idea of the future. To some extent you can today also, but in some areas that kind of linear predictions can be quite risky! Apart from all the physical uncertainties you also find the most unpredictable and volatile: what people do because of what they think.

This picture is from The National Railway Museum in York, UK. It’s possible that the daily stream of passengers, from home to work at the factory, was fairly predictable. And maybe the location of entrances at the nearby stations made one end of the train more crowded than the other. Sure. But how could they be so sure that they would make an enamel post and attach it to the wall?

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