Videos tagged with 1960s
Jacki Rogers recounts the revolutionary changes that were brought about with the 1960s. It was a drastic change from the austerity of the 1950s. London had been a solemn and grey place after the war and people craved a change in culture and attitude. With the 1960s came a feeling of release and expressionism that previously had been absent. The music and fashion were life-changing, and the feelings of freedom and love that were around in that era have never been surpassed. Jacki Rogers recounts her own personal experiences of the 60s and how they changed her. She recalls going to coffee shops to see live 'skiffle' music, hearing her first Elvis Presley album and wearing her first bell-bottom trousers.
Christina Andren was born and lived in Sweden up until the 1960s where she moved to the USA to start a new life. In this interview she speaks of the beautiful, remote mountain village where she spent her childhood. Christina explains what life was like there; how people coped with the extreme surroundings and freezing weather, typical food and some of the traditions they partook in.
Jacki Rogers talks about life during the 1950s training to be a secretary. She recounts her experience learning to type through 'touch type'and going on to work in a busy typing pool. She learned Pitman Shorthand and from then went on to work in her first secretarial job. In the 1950s office work was very different to how it is nowadays, there was an extremely strict protocol with bosses having their own lavoratories, dining rooms and even lifts. This all started to change in the 1960s. Jacki also talks about her experience being one of the first ever office workers to use the first photocopier, which was the size of a bus and took 10-15 minutes to produce one copy!
In her concluding interview Pauline Mounsey recounts what life was like in the 1960s for young adults from working-class backgrounds going into work. They would typically leave school at 15 and go into working in office environments. Finding work was much easier in the 1960s than it is now. Pauline remembers what the Bankside area where she worked was like in the 1960s and the vast changes that have occurred in the area since. She also speaks of the traditional role of young women of her age meeting their boyfriends at around 19 and getting engaged, marrying at 21 and subsequently leaving home and having children (and thus leaving work also).
In the second part of her interview Christina finishes recounting what life was like in beautiful and remote Sweden in the 1950s and 60s. Here she focuses especially on the incredible landscape that surrounded her as a child and the everyday activities she partook in as a child.