Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Bowers, Lillian, 1899 - , Interviewee, Female, Factory worker; Corner shop owner
Speaker: Lee, L, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life and schooling in Leicester at the turn of the 20th century. Describes school subjects and working in a corset factory, then as an overlocker. Describes her mother's corner shop which was situated near the Dunlop factory in Leicester, mentions stock, including the newspapers sold. Recalls the shop she ran after she was married. Describes the customers, the items sold, including the price of some items, and the wholesalers the stock was obtained from. Details sweets, cigarettes, children's comics, teas and minerals they sold. Refers to rationing and the black market during the Second World War. Mentions effect on shop of Dunlop factory closing. Recalls the local papers sold. Comments on lack of profit made from the shop.
Place of birth: South Wigston, Leicester
Education: Narborough Road school;
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Mother's Occupation: Newsagent
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s,1920s, 1930s, 1940s,
Recording Date: 2/7/1986
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full Clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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