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Behind the Counter: Shop Lives from Market Stall to Supermarket by Pamela Horn

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Behind the Counter: Shop Lives from Market Stall to Supermarket by Pamela Horn

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The story of the shopworkers who emerged during the Victorian and Edwardian era to cater for all clientele from behind the counters of the increasing number of shops and lavish department stores.


Behind the Counter reveals the largely hidden personal stories of shopworkers. Corner shops, 'high-class' grocers, dress shops and department stores are brought to life through letters, records and the workers'own diaries and memoirs. For the most part, shopworkers were expected to work extremely long hours, to be obedient and subservient, and even to 'live in' as if they were domestic servants. Shop life was not easy, even in the twentieth century. Although the trade union movement, the co-operative movement and the concerns of some enlightened employers made life a good deal better for workers, they remain among the lowest paid even today. Their history, spiced with personal anecdotes and everyday humour, provides a fascinating and lively insight into social change and working conditions. It is also a telling portrait of our changing relationship with shopping as it becomes less a service industry than a branch of the entertainment world.

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SKU GOR006414194
Title Behind the Counter: Shop Lives from Market Stall to Supermarket
Author By (author) Pamela Horn
Contributor No
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Year Published 2015
Page Number 352
ISBN 1848688849
ISBN13 9781848688841
Cover Note Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
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Edition Text N/A
Note This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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