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 (1944 – 1996)

After leaving school at 14,  Desmond worked as a coalman delivering sacks of coal to the growing city of Norwich. After National Service he went back to selling coal and delivered coal to his loyal customers for many years.  Business declined steadily as people were using less and less coal, but he carried on selling […]

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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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