Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Marshall, Edna, 1911 - , Interviewee, Female, Shop worker;
Speaker: Aucott, S., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls work in Kendals umbrella shop of Loughborough as a shop assistant. Details the stock and the work involved in selling umbrellas. Describes move to dry cleaning shop, Swift and Presswells in Loughborough, the work involved and busiest time for dry cleaning. Recalls losing her job and being unemployed. Describes work promoting Stork Margarine and move to woolen shop in Swan Street, Loughborough. Recalls marriage in 1934 and both her and husband losing their jobs and having difficulty getting dole. Mentions difficulties of the time. Recalls work at Towles during the Second World War, difficulties of the blackout, evacuees and entertaining over open fire. Mentions home remedies, child birth and stigma of illegitimacy.
Place of birth: Whetstone, Leicestershire
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Loughborough
Recording Date: 14/10/1986
Playing time: 44 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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