The Depression years of the late 1920s and early 1930s hit millions of families across the country.
Especially hard-hit in Portsmouth were the unskilled workers of the dockyard.
Their chances of becoming re-employed quickly would have been slim.
The Unemployment Fellowship Centre (seen here in 1932) was often referred to as the Inn of Good Fellowship as it was housed in a former pub in Commercial Road and, just like a pub, it became a focal point for many men.
A hot cuppa, a game of darts, cribbage or dominoes, a stove on which to warm the hands and a reading room to keep the mind active, were all considered beneficial to the unfortunate jobless of the city.
It is interesting to note the map of Canada on the wall – a sign of the desperation which drew men and women to consider emigration to distant lands and uncertain futures