Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Brown, Joseph Henry (Harry), 1899 - , Interviewee, Male, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Money, A, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Brief family background in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. Describes work at James Hearth & Co. hosiery factory, introduction of Spires' Auto-Swift machines. Recalls shortage of coal, brother being injured, joining army in First World War. Describes work at Corah's, Leicester, from 1925; learning to use machinery, products, joining union reluctantly, women sometimes working machines, factory 'banter'. Mention of making army socks in Second World War, Komet machines, growing food, Americans. Talks briefly about social life of hockey, camping; sledging, rabbiting with his children. Mentions Corah's rivalry with Wolsey, happy atmosphere, sense of loyalty, demonstrating for firm, introduction of nylon. Recalls social life in Market Harborough, watching first aeroplane land there; reflects that making ends meet was the hardest thing to do.
Place of birth: Market Harborough, Leicestershire
Education: Fairfield Road School, Market Harborough
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: General labourer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Market Harborough, Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 14/7/1988
Playing time: 1 hr 20 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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