When I started work at Maypole, Market Harborough, aged 14 in 1940 I was still in short trousers and they called me ‘Titch’. My first job was delivering customers’ orders on a box tricycle, and my wage was 15/-. I was so short I could hardly reach the pedals. Like Mary Carter (Best of British, […]
My husband is very fit for his age but in 1955, as a boy of 13, he must have been super-fit! Along with many other young people at that time, he was expected to contribute towards the family budget and was considered fortunate to have obtained the position of errand boy to the local grocer. […]
The village in the North of Scotland where I started work as a bank apprentice in November 1939 was lit by oil lamps, there being no gas or electricity. The bank office, however, was slightly more sophisticated in that there were two lamps which were each operated by filling a reservoir the shape and almost […]
After leaving school in 1943, I was apprenticed to my uncle, the proprietor of a ladies and gentlemen’s’ hairdressing salon in London’s Piccadilly Hotel. For my starting wage of 2/6d per week, my many duties included manicuring (both ladies and gents); shampooing (ladies only) and assisting the ladies’ hairdressers in pin-curling – an obsolete method […]
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