Leicester Oral History Archive
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Summary of interview item: Travel Agent. Extract of interview with Mr Albert Lynn, recalling his work in the travel business, in Leicester, from 1929. Describes starting work with Dean and Dawson, one of the three travel agents in Leicester in 1929. Gives details of what railways Dawson's and the other agents, Thomas Cook and Pickfords, covered, Also names the tour operators at this time. Brief description on winter sports and holidays at the time. Describes in detail what his job entailed and the kind of travel and holidays being promoted in the 1930s, including selling tickets to the Football Association cup final at Wembley Stadium in London and other sports fixtures. Describes his visit to Liverpool and working in London. Also gives details about selling train tickets, learning the train routes and the special trains for tuberculosis (TB) patients. Recalls the problems faced in the travel business during the depression and his move to work for the Co-op travel agents, where pay was better. Describes the Workers' Travel Association and development of holidays abroad and paid holidays for workers. Recalls by late 1930s Leicester people were holidaying abroad but Second World War stops travel. Describes changes after the war to Co-op travel and travel in general and the development of sun spot holidays abroad, to countries like Spain. Describes the consequences of the collapse of the travel firm Clarkson, following the demise of the airline Courtline and the personal impact this had for him.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, London
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 1/1/1989
Playing time: 60 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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