My project for 2017 is to tweet the diary my mum kept in 1947. (Read more about it here!)
Here's a bit more background to go with the blogposts I wrote a couple of years ago.
Tuesday 18th February 1947
Went to work, sun shining.
Snow beginning to thaw.
Not too bad a day.
Went to Co-op for dinner V.G.
Stayed in at night.
Co-op is an abbreviation of The Co-operative Society. In 1863 the Cooperative Wholesale Society, a federation of co-operative societies, was established based on the work of The Rochdale pioneers who in the 1840s had established the principles of the co-operative movement. A group of thirty Rochdale weavers and others had joined together to save some money to invest in a few basic food staples to sell at a reasonable price to themselves and others who were being forced into poverty by the advances of the industrial revolution. A feature of their business model was to pay a dividend to those who patronised the shop out of any profits that were made. The first Co-op was called the North of England Co-operative Wholesale Industrial and Provident Society and several other societies in various localities were soon established on the same principles. The CWS expanded into insurance, banking, manufacturing such items as footwear and biscuits and importing notably tea and by 1900 there were 1,439 co-operative societies registered. In 1917 the Co-operative Party was established and made an electoral alliance with the Labour Party leading to direct representation in both Parliament and local government. The concept of the self-service shop was introduced by the Co-op in 1942 and dominated this type of retail for many years. The local co-op that Doreen would have used was the Wakefield Borough Industrial Co-operative Society founded in 1867. This amalgamated with the neighbouring Barnsley British Co-operative society in 1963.
The diary is published on Twitter @1947Diary every night about 10pm.
I'm a former primary school head teacher now enjoying family history, e-publishing and gardening. I'm the author of "Cabbage and Semolina: Memories of a 1950s Childhood" and was delighted when the book became an Amazon 2015 bestseller in the Social History category. I'm the founder of Spurwing Ebooks which is at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com for book details and information about new releases and special offers. Details of my books are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-Murray/e/B009R7CRVC and the other books I've published are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Murray/e/B007AQZMZK