The STM has a reputation as a generous employer with fair pay and significant benefits. But its work conditions used to be a little bit different. A 1974 STM job posting for a bus driver shows just how far the company, its technology, and Montreal society have come.\nThe old newspaper advertisement was posted to the Spotted: STM Facebook page and attracted quite a bit of attention — and quite a few laughs.\nTo start, the STM, then the Commission de transport de la Communauté urbaine de Montréal, laid out specific — and by today's standards, bizarre — requirements for applicants.\nThey had to be between the ages of 21 and 39, have a height of between 5 foot 4 and 6 foot 2 "without shoes," and weigh at least 130 pounds.\nThese conditions, presumably, had to do with the size of the driver's seat.\nThe Commission also asked that applicants have a "sufficient understanding of English" as well as a driver's license.\nAs for pay, the starting wage was $4.76 per hour. That would increase, the advertisement promised, to $4.93/hour in November 1974 and $5.05/hour after one year of employment.\nDrivers got a special remuneration for working on Sundays: an additional $1.19 per hour from the starting pay, for a total of $5.95/hour.\nFor context, CA$4.76 in 1974 is equal to about CA$25.01 in 2020, according to the Bank of Canada's inflation calculator.\nOffre d'emploi pour le poste de chauffeur d'autobus datant de 1974. Appliquez, on a besoin de vous !!! #spottedstmPosted by Spotted: STM on Monday, June 8, 2020\nIt's unclear when exactly this job posting shared by Spotted: STM is from, but an identical ad ran in the July 8, 1974 edition of La Presse (page D3).\nThat year, the Commission clearly engaged in a hiring spree. Multiple job postings for bus drivers appeared in newspapers between the spring and summer.\nThe March 30, 1974 edition of La Presse (page H7) has an ad with even more alien requirements. Married applicants could be as young as 21, while single applicants had to be at least 23.\nView this post on Instagram [#100ansbusmtl] Montez à bord des « estivales » lignes 767 et 769! 🌞 🏖️ Pour passer du métro à la plage ou aux sensations fortes, ces deux lignes relient chacune deux îles et vous mènent à des attraits tous plus particuliers les uns que les autres... L'été n'est pas fini, profitez-en! . . . #mtlphoto #mtlphotography #mtlmoments #mtllife #transit #stminfo #montreal #montrealcity #montrealjetaime #montrealphoto 📸 Simon Laroche . A post shared by STM Mouvement collectif (@stminfo) on Aug 28, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT\nAll these ads are, of course, gendered masculine, far from the inclusive language the STM now uses in its job postings.\nView this post on Instagram Bientôt en mode weekend? Quels sont vos plans? 😊🚌 #stminfo A post shared by STM Mouvement collectif (@stminfo) on Jul 7, 2017 at 3:32pm PDT\nBus drivers who joined the company in 1974 took part in a moment of great transformation for transit in Montreal.\nThe fledgling metro network would grow even more for the 1976 Olympic Games and add the blue line in the next decade.\nThese old job postings are snapshots of a growing company.