Leeds nostalgia: The way we worked

FORGING AHEAD: On 7 February 1962, blacksmiths throughout the country had great difficulty in finding young men to carry on the traditions of their craft. But Mr Stanley Thompson, 20, seen here working at a forge, had already completed a six-year apprenticeship under Fred Garten, sixty-eight, at York Road Forge, Wetherby and hoped to carry on as a farrier for many years.
FORGING AHEAD: On 7 February 1962, blacksmiths throughout the country had great difficulty in finding young men to carry on the traditions of their craft. But Mr Stanley Thompson, 20, seen here working at a forge, had already completed a six-year apprenticeship under Fred Garten, sixty-eight, at York Road Forge, Wetherby and hoped to carry on as a farrier for many years.
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This week Times Past takes a look at the ordinary men and women of Yorkshire and their jobs - the pictures, all culled from the Yorkshire Evening Post archives, form part of a new book called Yorkshire People At Work, written by Peter Tuffrey.

While they show otherwise mundane and run-of-the-mill (sometimes literally) images of ordinary people going about their business, they yet possess the ability to stir within one’s self the whimsical sentimentality of memories long forgotten, of people and places now long gone and a way of life which we shall never see the like of again.

There are over 200 pictures in Mr Tuffrey’s new book – the ones printed below represent everything from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

* To pre order your copy of Yorkshire People At Work for £12.99 (please add £2.85 p&p, ring O1748 821122 Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm or send a cheque made payable to Yorkshire Books Ltd to Yorkshire Books Ltd, 1 Castle Hill, Richmond, DL10 4QP. The book is due out at the end of February.

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