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Record Number: 13718


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'"I just went down the Post an' when I come back it was as flat as this 'ere wharfside - there was just my 'ouse like-well, part of my 'ouse. My sissus were just making me a cup of tea for when I come 'ome. She were in the passage between the kitchen and the wash-'ouse, where it blowed 'er. She were burnt right up to 'er waist. 'Er legs were just two cinders. And 'er face... The only thing I could recognize 'er by was one of 'er boots... I'd 'ave lost 15 'omes if I could 'ave kept my missus. We used to read together. I can't read mesen. She used to read to me like. We'd 'ave our arm-chairs one either side o' the fire,. And she read me bits out o' the paper. We 'ad a paper every evening. Every evening.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jul 1941 and 31 Jul 1941

Country:

England

Time

evening

Place:

city: Hull

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

unknown

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Unknown/NA

Occupation:

unknown

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

The husband, who is now recollecting the times when his wife used to read to him before she died at a bombing.


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Title:

[newspaper]

Genre:

news

Form of Text:

Print: Newspaper

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

13718

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Author:

File Report 844, Date August 1941, Title HULL, p. 5, in Mass Observation Online (access to this site is restricted to purchasing institutions, please see http://www.amdigital.co.uk/collections/Mass-Observation-Online for details). http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk ,

Citation:

File Report 844, Date August 1941, Title HULL, p. 5, in Mass Observation Online (access to this site is restricted to purchasing institutions, please see http://www.amdigital.co.uk/collections/Mass-Observation-Online for details). http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk , http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=13718, accessed: 20 January 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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