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The Man with the Sack

by Norfolk Railway 1940s Weekend

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Norfolk Railway 1940s Weekend
Location of story: 
Norfolk
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Civilian
Article ID: 
A3036737
Contributed on: 
23 September 2004

I can remember during the war that a man would come round at night. He would quietly knock on the back door, and would have a long sack with him. In this sack he would have tinned peaches, pears, and pineapples. We would then buy them from him. I think we paid him with points, possibly from the ration coupons.

We just accepted it as a normal form of commerce. As children we had no concept of the Black Market. We just wanted sweet things like tinned peaches!

I can also remember that Norwich Market had a heap of nylons. You could pick a pair for a shilling. I remember that you got them home hoping you had picked two that looked the same colour! Where they came from, or why they were in a pile, I don’t know.

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