In the First Fifteen

In the First Fifteen

Nineteen-thirty-five was a time when the knife grinder and onion seller cycled the roads; the milk collected in churns - to be delivered by horse and cart, the coal brought by the coalman wearing his sacking hood and apron and the bread delivered by horse-drawn van. Gypsies sold pegs and posies of heather, the Rag–a-bone man sang, and the scrap man called ‘any-old-iron’. Biscuits and sugar sold loose… salt and soap by the block and flour and split peas by the bag, all obtained at Lipton’s or the Home & Colonial. The butcher sold fat – to melt down for lard and ‘skewered’ meat bore a tag that declared part and price. Greengrocers sold vegetables their beetroot boiled in a bucket. Large blocks of chocolate and toffee were broken with a brass hammer and sold in Woolworths, whose goods were displayed on open counters. Meanwhile, my birth, upbringing, and schooling, continued apace.

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CHAPTER SUBJECT KEY
Page Count - 112 Word Count - 37,081
Setting the scene.
I. HARROW TOWN: - North Harrow – Ramsey MacDonald - Lead up to WWII - New Town Architecture Shopping - Schools - Churches, The role of Women - Metro Lane - Society - Entertainment in & out of the home - The Law - Recreation facilities - Street Life
II. HEARTH AND HOME: - Suburban environment - Cumberland Road - Family Car - Doctors - Dentist - Freemasonry - Old Contemptible - Standard Home Design - Heating - Washing - Interior decoration - Furnishing - Gardening - Home entertainment - DIY - The War
III. SCHOOL DAYS: - Longfield - Air Raid Shelters - Community Singing - Radio Programmes - Curriculum Syllabus - Teachers - Sports - The German Bombers - Air Raids - Searchlights - London Blitz - Total War - Rationing - The Nations Health - Make do & mend - Dinners - British Restaurants - Home Guard - The Tide Turns - VE Day - Eleven Plus
IV. SECONDARY EDUCATION: - The Selection - The Headmaster - Headstone Secondary - Homework - The Boy's Brigade - Methodism - Annual Camp - Isle of Wight - London School of Printing - Employment - Selection - Apprenticeship - City & Guilds - Dancing - Girl Friends - Parental Relationships
V. OFF TO WORK: - Chromoworks - Oppenheimers - Printing House - Factory Work - The Studio - Lithographic Artist - Drawing Techniques - Studio set up - Work relationships - Trial period - Father of the Chapel - Getting to grips with work - Management - Trade Union - Apprenticeship