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Record 11374

Reading Experience:

'On incident stays clear in my mind. It was on one of the rare days, other than Christmas and New Year, when my grandmother and I went into the sitting room above the shop. The time was late afternoon, just before tea, and I was standing near the window, looking through one of the volumes of a garish and expensive "History of the World War" which my father had bought from a door-to-door salesman who had persuaded him that "it would be very useful for the little boy's education". Some illustration in the book -a photograph or drawing of a battleship or aeroplane or shell-burst or trench warfare - must have caught my fancy, and, as I noticed that John Slater was looking out from his window on the opposite side of the street, I held up my picture against the glass so that he might see it. The street was narrow enough for anyone with good eyesight even to read the caption if it were printed in large enough letters. John nodded and promptly held up a picture in a book he was reading. I turned over a page or two and then held up another picture. John responded. And soon we found ourselves caught up in a competition...'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1921 and 31 Dec 1929
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Millom
specific address: St George's Terrace
location in dwelling: sitting room, above the shop, by the window
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:John Slater
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: son of tailor
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [unknown]
Title: [unknown]
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: illustrated
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 11374  
Source - Print  
  Author: Norman Nicholson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Wednesday Early Closing
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1975
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 35-36
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Norman Nicholson, Wednesday Early Closing (London, 1975), p. 35-36,, accessed: 27 February 2024

Additional comments:



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