Retail

Styling hair in the 1960s

I went straight into hairdressing. And I left school in the summer of 1966, I was 15. And if you were 15 by Easter, you could have left school then. I started work within the next few days for a lady; there was no other staff, at a corner shop salon in the end of […]

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The Butcher’s Girl

My first job when I left school was in a green grocery and grocery shop opposite the butcher's shop and I went into there because I wanted to be an occupational therapist and I wasn't old enough because I left at fifteen. I was at the Derby College of Art and I left at fifteen […]

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The Essex Shop Assistant

Jean, while we've been chatting we've heard that you lived in the Harwich area and that you had a mum, Florence and a dad, Edward. My name is Gem, they call me Gem. I want to take you back to when you left school and you tell me what you can remember about the times […]

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The friendly coalman (1930s – 90s)

I was fourteen when I left school and I started working almost straight away. My first job was at the Reliance Garage down Hay Hill (Norwich) – I was with them for a year and a half. I helped them move, in fact; they moved from there to a big central garage they had built […]

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The Grocer

My first job was the International Stores in Thetford and the manager was Mr R. I got the job because Mr R was a neighbour, I lived in New Town at the time. I asked him if there were any jobs going and he said yes he would give me a trial. I worked there […]

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The Hand Laundry

My first job was picking carrots, at Cley, when I left school, because I used to go before I left school – I used to go strawberry picking. But my first job really was carrot picking, then I went to Nelly West's, the hand laundry. How much did they pay you, when you were picking […]

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The Shop Assistant

E was born 21 July 1911 in Southampton and went to school there. "Mum was Esta Alice, oh I forget her names but I didn't have a Father because he was killed in the First World War." Her Mum "made hats, milliner. … One brother but unfortunately he died at 67." What was your first […]

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