Stedman, Ronald (13 of 32). Food: From Source to Salespoint

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    Meat industry

  • Recording date

    1999-09-08, 1999-09-30, 1999-10-28, 1999-11-17, 2000-04-20

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home and Butchers' Hall, London

  • Interviewees

    Stedman, Ronald, 1917-2009 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 13: Tape 7 Side A: Further details Bon Marche where RS worked in 1936. RS never chose own clothes as a child. Lyon’s shop selling cakes and Swiss rolls, upstairs restaurant staffed by ‘nippies’, details. ‘Stop me and buy one’. Butchers’ ice box in cellar. Ice came from Antarctic via Norway and was shipped by an Italian firm. When buying meat, RS rejects fresh-looking lamb and asks for blackest, driest leg left over in coldstore. Reasons for this. Ice-cream a treat. Not allowed to buy from Hokey-Cokey man. Brixton cafes and coffee shops. Off-licenses; family never drank except at Christmas; RS never went to a pub until approx age 30, told they were dens of vice as were certain roads; anecdote re telling parents about girl from Vassal Road, prostitution. Chorus girls taken out by Stage Door Johnnies set up as mistresses in areas like Brixton. Herne Hill; visits to relative there. Discussion of underwear. Rarely went to centre of London. Seeing Queen Alexandra with her face ‘enameled’. Single visit to Crystal Palace to hear choirs.

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