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Wigan Labour Exchange 1939
Wigan Labour Exchange 1939
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 17495
A photograph taken inside the Wigan Labour Exchange c.1939. Charles Hawtry behind the counter.

Comment by: Kenee on 6th April 2011 at 19:03

A bit of social history.
There's a marked difference between the appearance of the clerk and his 'clients'.
1939, I wonder how many of these souls saw out the next six years?

Comment by: Mick on 6th April 2011 at 22:12

Is that the Charles Hawtry from the carry on films ?

Comment by: Helen on 7th April 2011 at 08:19

Think my Uncle John Stewart worked at Wigan Labour Exchange in the 30/40's. He was a quiet, gentle man.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 7th April 2011 at 08:38

It's his double<g>

Comment by: Kenee on 8th April 2011 at 17:57

Charles Hawtrey?
I think he looks more like Richard Wattis (Sykes).

Comment by: Joanne. on 9th April 2011 at 10:34

A photo can inspire the imagination. By looking at a photo we make our minds up about the people in the photo, but we don't really know them. The clerk looks different in appearance to his clients, but he looks kindly and may have a great deal of respect and empathy for them. I certainly do. We don't realise how lucky we are these days.

Comment by: Margaret on 9th April 2011 at 11:56

I agree he's a dead ringer for Richard Wattis

Comment by: Ron Hunt on 9th April 2011 at 17:17

Dohhhh meant to say Richard Wattis not Charles Hawtry

Comment by: Sheila on 17th April 2011 at 14:53

Times must have been hard back then, except for the 'flat cap' manufacturer!

Comment by: Fred Mason on 26th June 2012 at 00:33

...and look a he old style 'computer' he's using...!

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