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Irene Chadwick (née Christian) talks about her experiences being trained and working as a 'front girl' in the 1930s at John Player & Sons.

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A booklet featuring memories and stories from former Player's employees. Additionally, it contains a history of John Player & Sons and information about what the John Player Advertising Archive holds.

The booklet was produced as part of a…

Leni writes:"In October 1960, I started work in the Sales Office that was accessed by the original stone built main entrance on Player Street. It took up the whole of the second floor and half of the first floor – the exact part that was destroyed by…

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Leni Cooper writes:"My maternal grandfather John Thomas Thraves started work at John Player & Sons in 1900. Initially he was employed as a cigarette machine operator but by the time he retired he was an electrician. I can remember that he was…

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A photograph of a Minton jar made for the opening of John Player & Sons' Horizon factory. Specially designed and made for the occasion by the Royal Doulton Tableware Group. Each employee received one on the opening of Horizon in November 1972.



Footage shot by Associated Television for a news piece about the opening of the Horizon factory at the start of 1972.The opening shot shows the new factory in the snow, whilst subsequent shots show workers and machinery in the primary and secondary…

Pat Swallow talks about the different jobs men and women did at John Player & Sons, both in the factories and the offices during the 1970s and beyond.

Pat Swallow talks about some of the benefits of working for John Player & Sons during the 1970s and beyond. She talks both about working conditions and the social side of the job offered by the company, including the Miss Player competition.

Every year up until the mid-1970s, John Player & Sons gave its employees a money bonus in March. To mark this, a dance was thrown at the Astoria dancehall in Nottingham (this later became the Sherwood Rooms and is now Ocean nightclub).

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