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The delights of 'living-in', 1901

This cartoon in the March 1901 issue of The Shop Assistant, illustrates the concern for the moral well-being of young women in the 'living-in system' where the employer paid them partly in cash and partly by providing board and lodging. Originating from a time when the apprentice lived with the employer's family, the 'living-in' system in the retail trade became a condition of employment. Premises were taken in cheap neighbourhoods or buildings were erected specially to house workers. Six to 20 young men or women often had to share a room where lives were frequently endangered in cramped and appalling conditions.

Title The delights of 'living-in', 1901
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Production Date 1901
Format Cartoon
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Holding Institution TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University
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