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The Day Before Yesterday: 95 - No Debts

...Although Cliff worked long hours we didn't have much cash to spare at the end of the week. We didn't owe any money though. The uniform for High School was expensive, the blazer alone being 3 with a badge attached to the pocket. We could buy the selfsame blazer without the badge at another store for 25 shillings.

The shop who sold the uniform with the badge refused to sell the badge seperately. Cliff went to see our Member of Parliament, saying he thought one shop should be allowed to have a monopoly...

Gladys Schofield continues her life story.

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Damaged parachutes sometimes found their way to the general public. I acquired one of these, the panels were made of white nylon. I unpicked the good parts and washed them. The pieces were large enough to make shirts for the boys. They wore so well and lasted until they were outgrown.

Clothes were still rationed until after 1950. We gained a lot of skill and ingenuity during these days.

Plastic seemed to find its way into the shops in the early Fifties, the first variety being Bakelite. Things like flower pots and basins were made in motley patterns in different colours. It was very brittle.

Our windows in the council house were the first stainless steel ones I had seen. They too must have been new to the market, as condensation made them rust after a while.

Although Cliff worked long hours we didn't have much cash to spare at the end of the week. We didn't owe any money though. The uniform for High School was expensive, the blazer alone being 3 with a badge attached to the pocket. We could buy the selfsame blazer without the badge at another store for 25 shillings.

The shop who sold the uniform with the badge refused to sell the badge seperately. Cliff went to see our Member of Parliament, saying he thought one shop should be allowed to have a monopoly.

The MP looked into the matter and Cliff was then told he could purchase the badge. Others followed Cliff's example.

Children were then self-reliant. Alan had no problem in having to catch two different buses to reach his new school. School dinners cost 5 shillings a week.

A good hot meal, and pudding too. Mills also now had canteens. Babies under five got one pint of milk for two pence. Pre-natal classes were started for expectant mothers. There was free orange juice, condensed in bottles, cod liver oil and iron tablets for mothers over seven months pregnant.

A great many changes were taking place.

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