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Women porters working in the left luggage office at Paddington station, during WWII

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Women porters working in the left luggage office at Paddington station, during WWII

The Left Luggage Department at Paddington Station was, during the war, manned by female staff as can be seen in this image taken in 1943. Such roles were regarded by the GWR as ideal for women, allowing male workers to transfer to heavier manual roles within the company. Restrictions were placed on passenger luggage from the early days of the war in an attempt to discourage travel for pleasure, but as the quantity of luggage in this photograph shows, this campaign was not completely successful. Note that the lady on the right is in the process of storing a soldiers tin helmet on the shelves behind her

Media ID 14547098

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1940s 1943 Female London Paddington Porter Second World War Staff Station Wartime World War Ii


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