Errands and Odd Jobs in the 1920s

On Saturday morning I used to clean six doorsteps in our street and put rubbing stone on the edges.

 

I used to do errands for an elderly woman who lived near us.  I had to go to the store and buy loose ‘tub’ butter – it had to be Danish, and sugar in thick blue 2lb bags.  Every weekend she gave me threepence.  It was a lot of money then.

On Saturday morning I used to clean six doorsteps in our street, and put rubbing stone on the edges.  Everybody, except Mrs Harper, wanted white rubbing stone; Mrs Harper always wanted cream.  We used to buy the rubbing stone from a man who pushed a cart round the streets.  People paid me two pence for each set of steps.  I took the money home to my mother.  She used to give me a penny back to go to the matinee at the pictures.

In those days, at New Year, if you went to the shopkeepers and wished them a Happy New Year, they’d often give you something – an orange, or an apple, or a few sweets.

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