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 Christmas memories are inextricably linked with Woolworths. While Woolworths featured largely in our lives all year in the 1950s, at Christmas it was always first port of call. Wooden floors echoed and large wooden counters towered above the heads of toddlers. At the start of December, a central section of counters was cleared, making […]
I feel very privileged to have been a child of the 1950s, even though that decade is now acknowledged as one of austerity. I’ll try to explain why growing up was fun in those days, and why I’m glad I was around to see them. • The excitement of travelling on trolleybuses, trams, steam trains […]
I’d like to share some recollections of working at Stoke Shop and Post Office in Hampshire, where my mother was employed some 60 years or so ago. The business belonged to Mr. and Mrs. A. Rose, and the staff at the time comprised Miss Marjory Knight, Mr. and Mrs. Rose, Mr. Baker and myself. Mr […]
Clutching a penny in my hand, I stood transfixed by jars of striped humbugs, liquorice laces, aniseed balls and fruit sherbets, their glass shells reflecting the lights of the corner shop. Inside Mrs Taylor, philosopher, counsellor and occasional money-lender, waited with infinite patience. If she was busy she would leave me enjoying the intense pleasure […]
Before the days of bar codes, shop ping trolleys, refrigeration cabinets and pre-packed foods, the grocer was truly a man of many parts. He often acted as a buyer, seller, display man, slicer of bacon, butter slapper and weigher-out of bulk delivered goods. Treacle from 40-gallon drums was drawn off into empty jam jars brought […]
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