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TITLE
Keeping up with fashions in John o'Groats
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CAITHNESS_CROFTING_25
PLACENAME
Canisbay
DISTRICT
Northern Caithness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Canisbay
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
2787
KEYWORDS
crofting
crofters
crofter
croft
crofts
fashion
Second World War
mini skirts
minis
waistlines
hairstyle
hairstyles
audio

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In this audio extract a female resident of John O'Groats recalls the fashions of the 1920s.

Interviewer: Was your fashions a lot different to what it is today?

Well, yes, Ah suppose, in a way, but, ye see, before the war, just at, or at the beginning o the war, the dresses started gettin shorter. Ah can remember that, Ah can remember ma mother being horrified because - nothing like the mini, but it wis coming to the kn[ee] - but then, Ah think, earlier on, as Ah can remember, when Ah wis aboot seven or eight, Ah can remember girls with very short dresses, ye know, at would be in e twenties - Ah wis born in 1919 - an Ah can remember girls, ye know, with quite short - And then they started getting short again, ye know, at the beginning o the, just, and Ah suppose that they kept them til the new look came in after e war. But Ah do remember them wi, wearin the sort o dropped waistline and up till just the - which wis considered very daring - an Ah can remember folk gettin, ye know, their hair shingled.

Interviewer: What wis that, shingled?

It wis just right cut away at e back, ye know, it wis very short, and it wis just - And there wis the Eton Crop, which wis just a little lik what the, well ye'd see boys with later. Well, Ah remember the black, woollen stockings and the navy-blue knickers for gym at school and the gymslips, but navy-blue knickers beneath it, Ah can remember at'

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Keeping up with fashions in John o'Groats

CAITHNESS: Canisbay

1980s

crofting; crofters; crofter; croft; crofts; fashion; Second World War; mini skirts; minis; waistlines; hairstyle; hairstyles; audio

Highland Libraries

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In this audio extract a female resident of John O'Groats recalls the fashions of the 1920s.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Was your fashions a lot different to what it is today?<br /> <br /> Well, yes, Ah suppose, in a way, but, ye see, before the war, just at, or at the beginning o the war, the dresses started gettin shorter. Ah can remember that, Ah can remember ma mother being horrified because - nothing like the mini, but it wis coming to the kn[ee] - but then, Ah think, earlier on, as Ah can remember, when Ah wis aboot seven or eight, Ah can remember girls with very short dresses, ye know, at would be in e twenties - Ah wis born in 1919 - an Ah can remember girls, ye know, with quite short - And then they started getting short again, ye know, at the beginning o the, just, and Ah suppose that they kept them til the new look came in after e war. But Ah do remember them wi, wearin the sort o dropped waistline and up till just the - which wis considered very daring - an Ah can remember folk gettin, ye know, their hair shingled.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: What wis that, shingled?<br /> <br /> It wis just right cut away at e back, ye know, it wis very short, and it wis just - And there wis the Eton Crop, which wis just a little lik what the, well ye'd see boys with later. Well, Ah remember the black, woollen stockings and the navy-blue knickers for gym at school and the gymslips, but navy-blue knickers beneath it, Ah can remember at'