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1143, LO/490/440
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Halliday, Josephine Beatrice, 1928 - , Interviewee, Male, Hosiery worker, clerk
Speaker: Money, A, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Gives brief family background, lack of money stopping further education, joining Wolsey hosiery, Leicester, where mother worked, as runabout. Describes daily routine, learning machine work, progressing to supervisor, to wages office, costing office, personnel. Mentions pranks as runabout, workers singing, wages. Briefly describes social life at this time. Brief recollections of Second World War (WW2); work cellar being air-raid shelter, being in school during bombing, victory celebrations. Mentions dress making moving to Grantham, Lombardy dresses, Bedeaux strike and bad treatment of blacklegs. Explains wages, being a 'tabber', married people being sacked if had affairs, loyalty to firm. Describes work changes after WW2, dealing with shortage of mechanics, breakdowns, during war. Mentions Royal visit. Describes first trip to seaside as part of trip for 'poor children' with 'Auntie Molly' of Evening Mail newspaper. Describes attending Ragged School Mission, mention of poverty in Belgrave area.
Place of birth: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Education: Taylor Street School, Leicester
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Father's Occupation: Soldier
Mother's Occupation: Hosiery worker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 20/7/1988
Playing time: 1 hr 2 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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