British schoolchild in Shoreditch, London, GB, 1908-1922; apprentice cabinet maker and shop fitter in London, GB, 1922-1939
REEL 1 Recollections of period as schoolchild in Hackney and Shoreditch, London, GB, 1908-1914: mother's employment feather curling trade; father's work as cabinet maker and later apprenticeship under father; family accommodation; sleeping and cooking arrangements; typical meals; Christmas presents; street games; later education and subjects taught. Recollections of period as schoolchild in Shoreditch, London, GB, 1914-1919: family's apprehensions on outbreak of First World War, 4/8/1914; father's call-up for military service, 1916; recieving censored news from father; sight of Zeppelin L-31 shot down over Potter's Bar, 1/10/1916; air raid damage to family home and public morale; food and coal shortages.
REEL 2 Continues: suspicions of spies; hostility towards foreign communities in East London; Armistice celebrations, 11/11/1918. Aspects of period as schoolchild in Shoreditch, London, GB, 1918-1922: visits to cinema and music hall; country outings; parks. Aspects of period as apprentice cabinet maker and shop fitter in London, GB, 1922-1939: apprenticeship as cabinet maker; working hours; pay as qualified shop fitter, 1929; position of trade unions in furniture industry; shop fitting work for Pollards Storefitters; advantages of work as journeyman. Aspects of period as schoolchild in Shoreditch, London, GB, 1908-1922: family holiday in Southend-on-Sea at end of First World War; effect of First World War on father's health; father's post-war career; hospital medical provision.