Inside Co-op’s check office

Rows of women were employed by the Portsea Island Co-op to keep a tally of every customer's dividend which was paid twice yearly
Rows of women were employed by the Portsea Island Co-op to keep a tally of every customer's dividend which was paid twice yearly
Theresa Paddon with her two children, Lee, 18 months, and Darren, three, at their home in Leigh Park

THIS WEEK IN 1984: Give me the facts says worried mum

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Pauline Palmer was delighted to see this recent Remember When picture of the Portsea Island Co-op’s check office in its Fratton Road headquarters.

She says: ‘I started my first job at 15 years of age in there. Such memories. Sorting thousands of ‘checks’, then, if you were lucky, progressing to a machine girl to total them on a Plus adder ready for the dividend pay out.

‘What would today’s generation make of it?’