Marc Riboud – A Lasting Moment

Another archive rescued by The Oral History Company

Prosperity Street

Denis Cronian_2 Prosperity Street, Denis’s home:
“I remember the house in Prosperity Street.  Let’s see… How many bedrooms was it?  Oh, it was two bedroom – two bedroom, back to back, outside toilet, tin bath!  I don’t remember getting in the tin bath.  I remember the coal fire, black fire.  I remember when me mam used to black it when it all got burnt, and then used to clean it up with black lead or whatever it was.”

Denis Cronian_3 Prosperity Street, kicking the gas lights:
“The lamps?  Yeah, when we were kids we used to kick them through day and they used to come on!  I don’t know whatever made them come on but I knew that if we kicked them, the lamps used to come on.  I think it were the little white things like you had in a caravan, you know, on gas lamps…  There used to be a little white chalk thing… A mantle, that’s it!  And the light were near it.  I think a bloke used to come at night time, open the glass and put a stick in and move it round to the gas.  It used to illuminate then.  But we used to kick it and it used to go round itself, and it used to light up!”

All Images – © Marc Riboud/Courtesy HackelBury Fine Art, London

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