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Res.1.17 Female resident, c.60 yrs, widowed, corporation tenant, female interviewer, 16 February 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/1/17

Scope and Contents

Topics discussed include: Accommodation; neighbourhood; family; personal finance; weekly routine.

Accommodation: INTVEE is a widow and lives alone in a ground floor, three apartment flat. Her and her husband were the very first tenants. INTVER comments that the flat is comfortable with no indication of straightened means and writes that it is all very chintzy and cushiony with lots of knick-knacks around. It is noted that she is enthusiastic about a young relative's decor which is modern black and white with brilliant scatter cushions.

Neighbourhood: INTVEE has one or two friends near by but on the whole has little to do with her neighbours. She thinks the neighbourhood has gone down hill since she first moved in but two new families could not be nicer so maybe it was starting to pick up.

Family: INTVEE married late at the age of around 40 yrs. She received a widow's and orphan's pension. She went out to work sewing at other people's homes. She thinks babies wear next to nothing compared to the layers of petticoats they used to wear. She thinks this is an improvement but thinks the discontinuance of the binder, used to keep the navel in, is a bad thing.

Personal finance: Pays 26/- a week rent compared with 11/- when she first moved in.

Routine: Monday is washing day with a friend to tea in the afternoon. Tuesday morning is spent shopping with a free afternoon, maybe for knitting. Wednesday she has coffee at a friend's. Thursday is heavy cleaning day. Friday sometimes shopping locally or in town. Every Saturday she goes to the 5 o'clock matinee at the theatre. Every other Sunday she visits her son. She thinks her contentment with life is because of her interest in things. She reads and listens to the radio.


  • Other: 16 February 1961

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