Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Taylor, Alan G., 1922 - , Interviewee, Male, Shop assistant
Speaker: Saunders, P, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Outlines family background in Nottingham, working for father in various shops. Suggests shop keepers bartering during Second World War (WWII) was start of black market, recalls that as shop keepers the family lived better than many others. Mentions petrol rationing after the war. Anecdote about collecting pig for slaughter from local pig keeper during war. Talks about buying illegal petrol, hiding tinned salmon under bed, shop keepers bartering goods for food. At start of WWII, recalls not wanting to go through what uncle, who was captured during First World War, went through. Describes fire warden duties, being messenger boy, hiding landmarks from aeroplanes with dense smoke.
Place of birth: Sutton Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Shop keeper
Location: County: Nottinghamshire
Location: Town/Place: Nottingham
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Recording Date: 19/6/1989
Playing time: 39 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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