Sepia Saturday gives bloggers an opportunity to share their family history through photographs.
When I saw this week's photo prompt, it conjured up a number of memories in my head:
- Shopping with my mother in the 1950's in the Home and Colonial Store in Blackpool, Lancashire; also a dark haberdashery store which intrigued me - all the walls were lined with drawers and cupboards, and the staff seemed to know where everything was; another fascination was the Co-op with the money travelling back and forth along wires in the little canisters above the counters.
A course I had to do at work on the dreaded ""Health and Safety". How many contraventions of current legislation and practices can you spot in the photo prompt? The assistant perched precariously on the ladder for a start.
My father account, written down in his "Early Life" - "Leaving school in 1926, I went to work in a grocer's shop where I had been the Saturday errand boy. I graduated to delivering bags of corn 80lbs plus, with the pony and trap - a Welsh cob called Tommy who was inclined to be lazy. At night I rode him bareback to a field." I cannot imagine my father on this job, as he never gave the slightest indication of any affinity or interest in horses. Perhaps this experience was enough!
Unfortunately I have no photographs in my family history collection which reflect this theme, so am featuring instead recent happy holiday memories of shopping in Austria and Bavaria - with perhaps some ideas for brightening up our beleagured High Streets!
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