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1146, LO/493/443
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Hubbard, Ernest Reginald, 1905 - , Interviewee, Male, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Talks about mother's hosiery outwork from Leicester, asking Mr Glover for job at his factory in South Wigston, Leicestershire. Describes work, Mr Glover doing the marketing and selling, post-First World War expansion abroad, becoming an 'improver' or apprentice, short time. Mentions socks made, Griswold machines, tea making, gas lighting, work conditons, pay, men and women's jobs, 1924 trip to Empire exhibition at Wembley. Describes vest making for troops in Second World War, changes during war, socks made. Talks about the younger Mr Glover taking over, expansion of the company with creation of 'Nippersocks', leaving when work got too much.
Place of birth: South Wigston, Leicestershire
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Plate labourer
Mother's Occupation: Hosiery outworker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 29/7/1988
Playing time: 1 hr 27 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference: LO/478/428

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