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Unknown place of work

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Working girls
Photo: Julie Allan
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Front right sitting on the floor is my great aunt Sarah Barrett Prescott (known as Sally). It is at her place of work but I don't know where this was. She married Edward (Teddy)Fanning in 1934 so I guess this dates before then as I believe married women did not work in those days. The ones that can be seen are all wearing trousers so maybe this is relevant to the work they were doing. I think she lived in Bottling Wood until she married. Does anybody know any other names?

Comment by: W.P on 9th November 2008 at 21:51

"Working Girls" Thats not very nice lol

Comment by: David Long on 10th November 2008 at 08:04

I wonder if there's any significance in the fact that there are 11 girls in whites, all those visible wearing trousers? It looks more like a team photo - especially since there appears to be a playing field in the background. Ladies' Cricket, perhaps?

Comment by: Ashley on 10th November 2008 at 08:36

Eleven girls in white, apart from the girl wearing light grey slacks, looks like cricket's a strong possibility.

Comment by: Julie Allan on 10th November 2008 at 11:04

oooh WP I didn't think of it like that! lol
Cricket seems so obvious now that you say it. I don't ever remember her telling any tales of playing cricket and she was a great tale teller as an older lady. I have been told my another family memeber that she worked at the Bleachworks for a while, so it could have been a team for them. Wouldn't it have been a bit racey for ladies to be playing cricket in the 1930's?

Comment by: Joseph on 10th November 2008 at 15:39

Not sure about cricket,i can see three of the "gals" wearing ballet/dancing shoes so a dancing troupe maybe?

Comment by: Jm on 10th November 2008 at 19:55

look more like tap dancing shoes to me,

Comment by: Art on 11th November 2008 at 00:06

There were a lot of Ladies Health & Beauty Clubs about then, quite a big organisation.

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