Another time & place. 20-25 years ago in a conservative "God's Country" US State. A look around the Kingdom Hall could easily identify the Theocratic Pecking Order.
plus a song book, KM, etc. and no bag whatsoever =
Rank & File/newbie.
= Wannabe MS or MS or possibly fringe elder on his way down the totem pole.
= ELDER! Secretary, SO, PO, newly appointed, didn't matter. If you were an elder and wanted to flaunt it, you got yourself one of these bad boys!
Fast forward 20-25 years. Move to Calipornea. Computers gets smaller and cheaper. WT Library is now a status symbol on PDAs. And it looks like the Catalog Case of yesteryear is now an embarrassment. (As it always should have been.) Even to a Congregation Secretary.
What was your experience?