Talk:Page (servant)

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How about the library page? (The people who put the books back on the shelves) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Agree. I came here via the article on Columbia University library in NYC. They used pages when the stacks were closed, as did large public libraries in some cities. In some cases they were volunteers, but in some cases they were entry-level positions, I believe. I may be wrong about that. I have known masters degree candidates and degree-holders to work at McDonalds in lieu of underpaid library work, so maybe they're ALL volunteers. We've had them for about a century, though, so they should be mentioned. Rags (talk) 20:50, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

Boring Aristocrats[edit]

I changed "...when the aristocrat was boring." to "...when the aristocrat was bored." as I believe that was meant instead. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong :D --Fëaluinix (talk) 12:32, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

It was originally "entertaing (guests)". Stupid joke by (talk · contribs) --Austrian (talk) 18:39, 28 July 2009 (UTC)
Yes, it was somewhat stupid, the sort of joke I might use in light conversation, but inappropriate in an encyclopedia. If this passage has not been eliminated entirely or corrected (5yrs ago!), I intend to be bold and revert to the original phraseologyy. Rags (talk) 20:05, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

MILHIST Initial assessment[edit]

An interesting section on medieval pages which could be expanded. Total lack of references in this article is a concern, however Monstrelet (talk) 18:04, 31 May 2010 (UTC)


DONE--X7C3 (talk) 15:56, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

I propose that we split off page (assistance occupation) to a separate article, since they are frequently women, not boys, and even if male, are men, considering all the congressional sex scandals, so this article describes a different occupation. Further, pages also exist in businesses, that serve the same duties as those in congress/parliament, such as found in broadcast networks (and the Tonight Show) -- (talk) 01:07, 8 August 2013 (UTC)


Feel free to state your position on the renaming proposal by beginning a new line in this section with *'''Support''' or *'''Oppose''', then sign your comment with ~~~~. Since polling is not a substitute for discussion, please explain your reasons, taking into account Wikipedia's policy on article titles.
  • Support with some better title, and clarification that this is, apparently, a North American usage only. I don't think "Assistance occupation" conveys much. Page (legislature)? PamD 07:00, 8 August 2013 (UTC)
    • I had thought of that, though that wouldn't cover other modern day pages that do similar duties, such as pages employed by TV studios. -- (talk) 10:57, 8 August 2013 (UTC)
      • Agree. I don't like the title either but I agree that it needs to be more inclusive than 'Legislative Page.' As the commenter above has pointed out, library page also needs to be included. May be an obsolete usage, but we had them for maybe a century un large libraries, particularly with closed stacks. See Columbia University article. I remember pages in public libraries, as well. Therefore:
  • Support with the considerations above mentioned.Rags (talk) 20:28, 4 October 2014 (UTC)


Any additional comments:

I don't know what's customary with these discussions, but mine is the only input in over a year, so I don't think it would be TOO BOLD to JUST DO IT! Rags (talk) 20:28, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

In academia[edit]

I'm sure there's a "page" in the procession for graduation ceremonies at (some) UK universities - and I think it can be either a boy or a girl. Another argument for this article to be at some other title than "page-boy". Can't find a source - not an easy topic to Google. PamD 07:02, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

Title change/move[edit]

I can't escape a mental image of an outdated ladies' couiffiure. (I know, I should stick to words I can spell --but you get the pic!) There has to be a better title. Rags (talk) 20:33, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

O.K., this article is coming along (if ever so slowly). The move/title change is a definite improvement.
I will try to find some supporting ref for the 'library page' material I have added (as requested), but time is tight, right now, so if anyone has a source, welcome to the game. If I get reverted/deleted, I will wait until I have a source. I have availed myself of library pages at large university libraries. It's just not something which is widely written about.
I also wonder if my addition belongs in "occupation." Now that we're split, I wonder if we've created the proverbial "distinction without a difference." Rags (talk) 20:32, 25 August 2015 (UTC)
No, I believe the split os a good one. I undid my contribution here, in order to add it to "Page (assistance occupation). Now to find supporting refs! Rags (talk) 21:48, 25 August 2015 (UTC)