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1206, LO/553/503
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Isaac, Edith, 1888 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Saunders, P, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Outlines working life in Leicester until joined Wolsey hosiery from Oram's dyers. Recalls first day at Wolsey, working bedeaux system. Brief mention of socks, foreman Arthur Graham, unions. Talks briefly about Queen Victoria and her death, Boer War and patriotism. Recalls seeing casualty figures, worry of husband's fate in First World War - describes what happened to him. Mentions son joining Territorial Army, being at Dunkirk during Second World War; daughter being Land Girl, learning to feed bull. Anecdotes of air raids in Leicester. Briefly recalls early trams, names shops around clock tower. Talks about clothes, made by mother, worn as children. Names teachers at St Margaret's School, briefly describes winning prize. Mentions discipline at home, anecdote of returning late from ball.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: St Margaret's School
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Shoe finisher
Mother's Occupation: Comb hand
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1890s, 1900s, 1910, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Language: English

Recording Date: 14/7/1989
Playing time: 57 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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