|My schoolgirl look.|
I always made sure
I took my glasses off for photographs
Becoming an Air Hostess was regarded as the glamour job of the day and I rather fancied the idea of travel - but realistically I knew, even at that age, I did not fit the image - being child who wore glasses and had straight hair in plaits or a pony tail.
Later on, going into the Civil Service was a career path suggested to me - but no-one would actually tell me what would I be doing in the Civil Service? Teaching was an obvious easy career option for a girl, and I did toy with the idea - I liked young children and played the piano (an asset in those days) but my aunt, an infant head, was not exactly encouraging.
So what did I become? A Librarian - and yes I did conform a bit to the sterotyped image - the glasses did it!
Does anyone remember the Smirnoff vodka advert where the librarian (dowdy clothes, hair in a bun and of course wearing spectacles), whips off her glasses, loosens her hair shaking it into a tousled look, shortens her skirt - and gets a new look and new life? I can't say that was me, though I did have a spell at wearing contact lenses.
Instead, I spent my time trying to counteract the image that all librarians did was stamp books!
Postscript: By chance just after completing this article, I came across two geneabloggers postings on the role of the professional librarian. My contribution is at http://scotsue-familyhistoryfun.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/more-than-stamping-books-librarians-tale.html