Chris Helme - Brighouse Heritage
1950s - Kids Home Entertainment

No Console Games, No PC and hardly any TV either

Take away computers, consol gaming, DVD's and 100 channel TV which is available 24 hours a day and you have the 1950s! We had toys, but ours would fit under the bed and not need a separate room to put them in. Our biggest toys were of a natural kind, trees, woods, and our own imagination. Then we had dreams of being a Roy Rogers, Davy Crockett, or Robin Hood, now it's all about celebrity! 

Occupations our Ancestors would have had.

Old Trades and Jobs are gradually being taken over by modern technology or they are just simply disappearing altogether. Here are some of the old jobs with strange sounding names that you may or may be not remember. This image shows the Night Soil Tub men at work during the 1950s a vital job for centuries.  Night Soil Men would discreetly remove human waste to be used in fertiliser. They would use long-handled shovels to dig out the waste from the makeshift bathrooms, pile it in carts, and haul it away, all in the dead of night. Each 'toilet' needed to be cleaned out about two or three times a year.

Now what about these jobs

1. ARMOURER - made suits of armour or plates of armour for buildings or ships etc.

2. BAGMAN - travelling salesman

3. BARD - poet or minstrel

4. BEAMER - winds the warp on the roller before putting it on the loom in the textile industry

5. CHAIR BODGER - travelling chair repairman

6. CHIFFONIER - wig maker or rag picker

7. CONEY CATCHER - rabbit catcher

8. DOG-WHIPPER - drove dogs away in a village

9. FAGETTER - made up faggots into bundles, seller of firewood

10. GIMLER - machinist involved in making a gimp, a kind of card


Brighouse & District Heritage Newseum No. 14

Issue number 14 of my magazine Brighouse and District Heritage Newseum is now available..

All in a Day's Work - My new audio book is available in Calderdale Libraries

My new audiobook 'All in a Day's Work' has taken over two-years to produce including the Covid-19 lockdown times when sessions at the recording studio had to be put on hold.  But at last here it is via the publisher Findaway Voices in Ohio, USA  you can now access the audio book in Calderdale Library. To access the Library website please clink on to this link:                  Enjoy the book...

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