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914, LO/269/220
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Greenwood, Jean, 1926 - , Interviewee, Female, Post OfficeTelegraphist;
Speaker: Flawith, Janet, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Recalls career in telegraph office in Bishop Street, Leicester, including describing training as a telegraphist and other jobs in the department. Describes different sections in the telegraph office. Details different users of telegrams and different. Recalls periods when many telegrams were sent, such as Leicester Holiday Fortnight and during the Second World War. Details timekeeping, pay, hours, holidays, etiquette. Anecdote of taking her first telephone call and it being royalty. Briefly mentions unions and talks about working on the counters at the Post Office. Remembers that VE and VJ days were too chaotic to celebrate. Mentions protocol for different situations, for example the death of a soldier.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Language: English

Recording Date: 11/4/1986
Playing time: 38 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
Cross Reference:

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