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Name: old_leeds_grandtheatre
Description: Artist's impression of Leeds Grand Arcade during the 1940s
Collection: 1948 Olympics: Then & Now
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Contributor: Shari Baker ©2012 | www.floemedia.co.uk
Rights: Shari Baker ©2012 | www.floemedia.co.uk
In 1948, Mary was working for Matthias Robinson’s in Leeds, where Debenhams now stands on Briggate. When she started work, she could get precious material and learned to use a treadle machine in the sewing rooms, which are still there today. Mary enjoyed her work as it was a good company and everyone got on with each other.

At Matthias Robinson’s, there were fitters who would alter gowns for customers in the dressing rooms. It was Mary’s job to finish off the garments, charging three guineas for putting in extras, such as zips and buttons. She also worked on wedding dresses and every little thing had to be done by hand. There were no machines to do the job. Matthias Robinson’s used to make a lot of the dresses for the hospital matrons but the material used was moygashel, which frayed a lot.

 Mary bought her own material from work and made herself a dress for going out and special occasions. People had no clothes during the war and she says she felt proud of what she had made.


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Name: Mary_Goodall_MP4
Description: Video interview with Mary Goodall
Collection: 1948 Olympics: Then & Now
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Contributor: Leeds City Council Older People's Sport Development
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