A survivor from the 1960s



Found in the wardrobe in 2016 by Anthony J Sargeant a wooden coathanger from the 1960s with the label from Woolworths still stuck on after at least 45 years. The price of 1/3d (one shilling and three pence (note d not p) shows that it predates the decimilisation of British currency which took place in February 1971. 1/3d would be the equivalent to 6.25pence in decimalised currency. It was another age of wonderful texture when as children we had to learn arithmetical tasks when there were half-pennys and farthings (pre- 1960) when there were 12d in a shilling and 20 shillings in a pound. Moreover weights of everyday items were given in avoirdupois measures (so 16 ounces(oz) in a pound(lb) and 14 pounds in a stone, 8 stones in a hundredweight (cwt) and 20 cwt in a ton. A typical sum at primary school in an arithmetic lesson might involve something like: “Divide  £17 9s  2d into equal amounts among 13 boys. If apples cost 8d a pound how many pounds and ounces of apples would each boy then be able buy from the greengrocer.” I think the answer is 39lbs and 2oz.


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