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A collection of interviews and photographs recorded by Women's Archive of Wales in 2013-14

Selected photographs

Unless stated otherwise, the Women's Archive of Wales holds the copyright to the following images.


Horrocks workers at a dinner dance in the Connaught Rooms, 1955. Rita is on the right

Rita Spinola (nee Stevens) (VSE001)
Horrocks workers at a dinner dance in the Connaught Rooms, 1955. Rita is on the right
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Mo in Laura Ashley 'tea-towel' dress, 1960s

Morfydd (Mo) Lewis (VN002)
Mo in Laura Ashley 'tea-towel' dress, 1960s
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Mo with co-workers outside the factory, 'showing a leg,' 1960s

Morfydd (Mo) Lewis (VN002)
Mo with co-workers outside the factory, 'showing a leg,' 1960s
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Girls at the  Modern Folding Doors Factory, Tumble

Elizabeth Mary "May" Lewis (VSW002)
Girls at the Modern Folding Doors Factory, Tumble
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Nanette Lloyd and the gang of Fairweather Works, Ponthenri

Nanette Lloyd (VSW004)
Nanette Lloyd and the gang of Fairweather Works, Ponthenri
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Fairweather Works float in Ponthenri Carnival

Nanette Lloyd (VSW004)
Fairweather Works float in Ponthenri Carnival
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Nanette Lloyd and friend dressed as Red Indians in Ponthenri Carnival

Nanette Lloyd (VSW004)
Nanette Lloyd and friend dressed as Red Indians in Ponthenri Carnival
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The inside of the Compact Factory, 1950s

Dafydd Llewelyn (VN007)
The inside of the Compact Factory, 1950s
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The inside of the Compact Factory, with women at work, 1950s.

Dafydd Llewelyn (VN007)
The inside of the Compact Factory, with women at work, 1950s.
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Beti with her sister Marion and their cousin, at Deganwy, all wearing their £5 wool coats,  1950s

Beti Davies (VN009)
Beti with her sister Marion and their cousin, at Deganwy, all wearing their £5 wool coats, 1950s
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Marion with the powder workers. Her husband is also in the photo, far right, 1950s

Marion Roberts (VN011)
Marion with the powder workers. Her husband is also in the photo, far right, 1950s
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Augusta Davies and Cardwell's workers, Lampeter on a night out

Augusta Davies (VSW011)
Augusta Davies and Cardwell's workers, Lampeter on a night out
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Laura Ashley girls, with Gwlithyn bottom left, 1960s.

Gwlithyn Rowlands (VN013)
Laura Ashley girls, with Gwlithyn bottom left, 1960s.
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Gwlithyn's birthday in the factory, 1970s.

Gwlithyn Rowlands (VN013)
Gwlithyn's birthday in the factory, 1970s.
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Laura Ashley, 'It's a knockout' with Gwlithyn in pink, 1970s.

Gwlithyn Rowlands (VN013)
Laura Ashley, 'It's a knockout' with Gwlithyn in pink, 1970s.
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Laura Ashley, 'It's a knockout' with Gwlithyn in pink. Laura Ashley's son Nick in the background, 1970s.

Gwlithyn Rowlands (VN013)
Laura Ashley, 'It's a knockout' with Gwlithyn in pink. Laura Ashley's son Nick in the background, 1970s.
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Carno Show, Gwlithyn as the baby, c.1980.

Gwlithyn Rowlands (VN013)
Carno Show, Gwlithyn as the baby, c.1980.
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Meriel Leyden's work tools, tweezers, screwdriver, eye glass, balance wheel

Meriel Leyden (VSW015)
Meriel Leyden's work tools, tweezers, screwdriver, eye glass, balance wheel
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Meriel receiving her watch after 25 years service from Mr Boult, the Managing Director

Meriel Leyden (VSW015)
Meriel receiving her watch after 25 years service from Mr Boult, the Managing Director
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Smith's Industries Factory trip, possibly to Brecon

Meriel Leyden (VSW015)
Smith's Industries Factory trip, possibly to Brecon
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'stop fortnight' celebration in Smith's Industries

Meriel Leyden (VSW015)
'stop fortnight' celebration in Smith's Industries
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Susie with friends at work, 1940s

Susie Jones (VN016)
Susie with friends at work, 1940s
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A colleagues retirement party, Susie centre wearing a necklace, c.1950

Susie Jones (VN016)
A colleagues retirement party, Susie centre wearing a necklace, c.1950
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The lab department, with Susie the only woman, 1970s

Susie Jones (VN016)
The lab department, with Susie the only woman, 1970s
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Susie receiving a tea set for 35 years service, 1968

Susie Jones (VN016)
Susie receiving a tea set for 35 years service, 1968
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Deva Dogware trip to London, 1967

Nan Morse (VSW017)
Deva Dogware trip to London, 1967
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Alan Paine Queen's Award, © Richard Firstbrook, Photographer, Llandeilo

Patricia Murray (VSW019)
Alan Paine Queen's Award, © Richard Firstbrook, Photographer, Llandeilo
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JT Morgan Staff, Glanarad Shirt Factory, © Harold Squibbs

Rita Davies & Meirion Campden (VSW020)
JT Morgan Staff, Glanarad Shirt Factory, © Harold Squibbs
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Rita and girls on Glanarad trip to Llandrindod Wells, 1950. © Rousham Roberts

Rita Davies & Meirion Campden (VSW020)
Rita and girls on Glanarad trip to Llandrindod Wells, 1950. © Rousham Roberts
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Carol at a Ferodo Christmas party, 1960s

Carol Morris (VN021)
Carol at a Ferodo Christmas party, 1960s
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Megan having a go on the polishing machine, 1950s, © Dafydd Llewelyn

Megan Owen (VN022)
Megan having a go on the polishing machine, 1950s, © Dafydd Llewelyn
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James Kaylor Compacts, the one with writing is 1940s, the plain one 1950s and the one with flowers 1960s

Megan Owen (VN022)
James Kaylor Compacts, the one with writing is 1940s, the plain one 1950s and the one with flowers 1960s
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James Kaylor Compact, 1940s

Megan Owen (VN022)
James Kaylor Compact, 1940s
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James Kaylor Compact, 1950s

Megan Owen (VN022)
James Kaylor Compact, 1950s
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Hotpoint Entertainment Committee, c. 1950

Kathy Smith (VN023)
Hotpoint Entertainment Committee, c. 1950
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Workers on the Hotpoint factory floor, c.1980 © Hotpoint

Kathy Smith (VN023)
Workers on the Hotpoint factory floor, c.1980 © Hotpoint
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Interior of the Hotpoint Factory, c. 1980, © Hotpoint

Kathy Smith (VN023)
Interior of the Hotpoint Factory, c. 1980, © Hotpoint
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B.S. Bacon's Toy Factory, from Gathering the Jewels, with Margaret,  standing, 1952

Margaret Jones (VN024)
B.S. Bacon's Toy Factory, from Gathering the Jewels, with Margaret, standing, 1952
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Nesta at the loom at Johnsons Fabrics, c.1950

Nesta Davies (VN025)
Nesta at the loom at Johnsons Fabrics, c.1950
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Nesta leaving the Ceramics Factory, 1970s

Nesta Davies (VN025)
Nesta leaving the Ceramics Factory, 1970s
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The INA Bearings factory opening in 1966, Beryl with Jim Griffiths MP and the Manager

Beryl Evans (VSW025)
The INA Bearings factory opening in 1966, Beryl with Jim Griffiths MP and the Manager
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Beryl Evan's certificate for 10 years service at INA Bearings

Beryl Evans (VSW025)
Beryl Evan's certificate for 10 years service at INA Bearings
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INA Bearings Factory  workers on a trip to Blackpool, 1975

Beryl Evans (VSW025)
INA Bearings Factory workers on a trip to Blackpool, 1975
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Children's Christmas party, Ina Bearings Factory, Llanelli, 1977

Beryl Evans (VSW025)
Children's Christmas party, Ina Bearings Factory, Llanelli, 1977
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Blodwen with co-workers, 1940s

Blodwen Owen (VN026)
Blodwen with co-workers, 1940s
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Blodwen in the Cookes canteen, 1960s

Blodwen Owen (VN026)
Blodwen in the Cookes canteen, 1960s
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The Cookes Works Committee, Blodwen front row on the right, 1960s

Blodwen Owen (VN026)
The Cookes Works Committee, Blodwen front row on the right, 1960s
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Receiving a clock from Dr Stone  on her retirement, 1970

Blodwen Owen (VN026)
Receiving a clock from Dr Stone on her retirement, 1970
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Colleage of Marjorie Collins  at work in Triang toy factory, Merthyr Tydfil

Marjorie Collins (VSE026)
Colleage of Marjorie Collins at work in Triang toy factory, Merthyr Tydfil
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'Tick Tock' factory children's Christmas party

Joyce Evans (VSW027)
'Tick Tock' factory children's Christmas party
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Joyce Evans and friends outside the Anglo- Celtic Watch Co ('Tick Tock')

Joyce Evans (VSW027)
Joyce Evans and friends outside the Anglo- Celtic Watch Co ('Tick Tock')
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The Courtauld's Girls graffiti, with Vicky in the middle

Vicky Perfect (VN028)
The Courtauld's Girls graffiti, with Vicky in the middle
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Night out to see Tommy Cooper, Vicky second from left, 1970s

Vicky Perfect (VN028)
Night out to see Tommy Cooper, Vicky second from left, 1970s
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Marion Jones (on the left) working in Hoover, early 1960s

Marion Blanche Jones (VSE028)
Marion Jones (on the left) working in Hoover, early 1960s
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Barbara Vaughan at work in Hoover, early 1960s

Marion Blanche Jones (VSE028)
Barbara Vaughan at work in Hoover, early 1960s
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Gaynor at the machine, 1970, © Courtaulds

Gaynor Hughes (VN029)
Gaynor at the machine, 1970, © Courtaulds
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Gaynor at the machine, 1970

Gaynor Hughes (VN029)
Gaynor at the machine, 1970
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Gaynor, right, with co-workers outside the factory 1970s

Gaynor Hughes (VN029)
Gaynor, right, with co-workers outside the factory 1970s
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Courtaulds women's football team, 1968-9

Eddie and Sharon Parry (VN031)
Courtaulds women's football team, 1968-9
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Rosie and Mair Griffiths at work, 1950s

Rosie Jones (VN032)
Rosie and Mair Griffiths at work, 1950s
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Ann Davies  at work in J.R. Freeman's Cigar Factory, 1957

Violet Ann Davies (VSE032)
Ann Davies at work in J.R. Freeman's Cigar Factory, 1957
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In the lab, Mair, centre, with supervisor Mrs Thomas sitting

Mair Griffiths (VN033)
In the lab, Mair, centre, with supervisor Mrs Thomas sitting
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Mair, back centre, with co-workers, note the acid burns in the overalls

Mair Griffiths (VN033)
Mair, back centre, with co-workers, note the acid burns in the overalls
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Laura Ashley women's football team, with Olive middle of the back row, 1970s.

Olive Jones (VN039)
Laura Ashley women's football team, with Olive middle of the back row, 1970s.
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Women working in the Laura Ashley factory, 1980s

Olive Jones (VN039)
Women working in the Laura Ashley factory, 1980s
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Olive working at Laura Ashley, 1980s

Olive Jones (VN039)
Olive working at Laura Ashley, 1980s
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Isabel Thomas's sister Marian Bagshaw (on the right) and her friend Sylvia in Wern Aluminium works, Aberafan.

Isabel Thomas (VSE040)
Isabel Thomas's sister Marian Bagshaw (on the right) and her friend Sylvia in Wern Aluminium works, Aberafan.
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Isabel Thomas's niece Betty (on the left) with her friend at Mansel Tin Plate Works, Aberafan

Isabel Thomas (VSE040)
Isabel Thomas's niece Betty (on the left) with her friend at Mansel Tin Plate Works, Aberafan
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Windsmoor Factory girls on a night out

Patricia Ridd (VSW041)
Windsmoor Factory girls on a night out
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Patricia Ridd and friend on a Windsmoor Factory  night out

Patricia Ridd (VSW041)
Patricia Ridd and friend on a Windsmoor Factory night out
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Patricia Ridd at work in the Corona Factory, Swansea

Patricia Ridd (VSW041)
Patricia Ridd at work in the Corona Factory, Swansea
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Courtaulds workers at the factory's children's Christmas party, 1940s

Vera Jones (VN042)
Courtaulds workers at the factory's children's Christmas party, 1940s
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The Courtaulds Works Committee, 1940s

Vera Jones (VN042)
The Courtaulds Works Committee, 1940s
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Anita Jeffery (second from left) coming second in the 'Miss Polikoff' competition

Anita Rebecca Jeffery (VSE043)
Anita Jeffery (second from left) coming second in the 'Miss Polikoff' competition
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Metal Box Factory's Jazz Band, Neath

Mair Matthewson (VSW046)
Metal Box Factory's Jazz Band, Neath
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Metal Box Factory's Jazz Band, Neath

Mair Matthewson (VSW046)
Metal Box Factory's Jazz Band, Neath
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Christmas dinner at the Metal Box Factory, Neath

Mair Matthewson (VSW046)
Christmas dinner at the Metal Box Factory, Neath
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Mair Matthewson at work in the Metal Box Factory, Neath

Mair Matthewson (VSW046)
Mair Matthewson at work in the Metal Box Factory, Neath
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Mettoys nightshift workers on a night out, 1960s

Madge Sinclair (VSW047)
Mettoys nightshift workers on a night out, 1960s
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Mettoys nightshift workers on a night out, 1960s

Madge Sinclair (VSW047)
Mettoys nightshift workers on a night out, 1960s
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Eira and warehouse workers at Mettoys Factory, Swansea, 1960s

Eira John (VSW048)
Eira and warehouse workers at Mettoys Factory, Swansea, 1960s
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Eira and warehouse workers at Mettoys Factory, Swansea, 1960s

Eira John (VSW048)
Eira and warehouse workers at Mettoys Factory, Swansea, 1960s
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Audrey Gray working in the laboratory at Johnson and Johnson, Pengam

Audrey Gray (VSE050)
Audrey Gray working in the laboratory at Johnson and Johnson, Pengam
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Audrey Gray in the British Nylon Spinners  laboratory receiving her leaving present, late 1960s

Audrey Gray (VSE050)
Audrey Gray in the British Nylon Spinners laboratory receiving her leaving present, late 1960s
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Jill Williams, on the right, training a young worker at the Lewis and Tylor Factory

Jill Williams (VSE051)
Jill Williams, on the right, training a young worker at the Lewis and Tylor Factory
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Marge Evans sitting at her coil-making machine - the 'Westminster' - at Sobells Factory

Marjorie (Marge) Rita Evans (VSE052)
Marge Evans sitting at her coil-making machine - the 'Westminster' - at Sobells Factory
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Marge Evans at her coil making machine - the 'Westminster' - at Sobells Factory

Marjorie (Marge) Rita Evans (VSE052)
Marge Evans at her coil making machine - the 'Westminster' - at Sobells Factory
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Marge Evans with co-workers at Sobells Factory

Marjorie (Marge) Rita Evans (VSE052)
Marge Evans with co-workers at Sobells Factory
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Meiryl James and friend testing milk on the 'deck' at the Felinfach Creamery, c.1959

Meiryl James (VSW053)
Meiryl James and friend testing milk on the 'deck' at the Felinfach Creamery, c.1959
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The girls of the Felinfach Creamery laboratory,  c. 1960

Meiryl James (VSW053)
The girls of the Felinfach Creamery laboratory, c. 1960
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Wedding of one of creamery workers in Mydroilyn and guard of honour.

Meiryl James (VSW053)
Wedding of one of creamery workers in Mydroilyn and guard of honour.
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The Switchgear Factory's Christmas Sleigh with the company carol choir

Doreen Lillian Maggie Bridges (nee Moses) (VSE054)
The Switchgear Factory's Christmas Sleigh with the company carol choir
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Debbie Edwards and Marian Gregson at work at the Pont Llanio Creamery.

Mair Richards (VSW057)
Debbie Edwards and Marian Gregson at work at the Pont Llanio Creamery.
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Patricia White's friend, Jackie, at work in Lotery's, Newport, c 1971

Patricia Prudence White (VSW058)
Patricia White's friend, Jackie, at work in Lotery's, Newport, c 1971
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Mrs Gibbon in the Mettoys Factory, 1970s

Joan Gibbon (VSW060)
Mrs Gibbon in the Mettoys Factory, 1970s
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Workers of Vandervell Productions, Cardiff

Eirlys Lewis (VSW061)
Workers of Vandervell Productions, Cardiff
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Corgi Hosiery Factory, 1950s

Margaret Young (VSW065)
Corgi Hosiery Factory, 1950s
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Mair Jones (Williams), Netta Thomas & Ann Gosling, 'Tick Tock' Factory,  1955

Mair Williams (VSW068)
Mair Jones (Williams), Netta Thomas & Ann Gosling, 'Tick Tock' Factory, 1955
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Sally Evans, Eileen Evans, Netta Thomas & Pat (?) 'Tick Tock' Factory,  1955

Mair Williams (VSW068)
Sally Evans, Eileen Evans, Netta Thomas & Pat (?) 'Tick Tock' Factory, 1955
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Workers at  Anglo-Celtic Watch Co. (' Tick  Tock'), Christmas 1954

Mair Williams (VSW068)
Workers at Anglo-Celtic Watch Co. (' Tick Tock'), Christmas 1954
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J.R. Freeman Cigar factory 'It's a Knockout' team, Tryphena Jones front row on the left

Tryphena Jones (VSE074)
J.R. Freeman Cigar factory 'It's a Knockout' team, Tryphena Jones front row on the left
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Western Shirt Company workers,  Jeanette Groves standing left, 1940s

Jeanette Groves (VSE077)
Western Shirt Company workers, Jeanette Groves standing left, 1940s
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Margaret Gerrish, far left, and colleagues from the Cora garment factory

Margaret Gerrish (VSE080)
Margaret Gerrish, far left, and colleagues from the Cora garment factory
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Dunlop workers in canteen 1950s: speaker, Pat Howells second from left  supervisor.

Mary Patricia (Pat) Howells (VSE082)
Dunlop workers in canteen 1950s: speaker, Pat Howells second from left supervisor.
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Dunlop beauty competition 1950s  Pat Howells second from right

Mary Patricia (Pat) Howells (VSE082)
Dunlop beauty competition 1950s Pat Howells second from right
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Miss Dunlop 1957 Contest in Dunlop Canteen. Pat Howells 4 th from right

Mary Patricia (Pat) Howells (VSE082)
Miss Dunlop 1957 Contest in Dunlop Canteen. Pat Howells 4 th from right
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Miss Dunlop 1957 line-up in Dunlop Canteen. Pat Howells 4 th from left.

Mary Patricia (Pat) Howells (VSE082)
Miss Dunlop 1957 line-up in Dunlop Canteen. Pat Howells 4 th from left.
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H.G. Stone  toy factory Pontypool

Violet Skillern (VSE083)
H.G. Stone toy factory Pontypool
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