Tootal, Broadhurst and Lee Warehouse, Oxford Road, Manchester

Tootal, Broadhurst and Lee Warehouse, Oxford Road, Manchester
Photograph taken 1900 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: BL/15892

These people are workers in Tootal, Broadhurst & Lee's pattern shop. They are making templates from drawings on paper to be used for making clothes. At this time men were often employed as machine operators leaving women to perform more mundane tasks. All the workers are smartly dressed and wearing aprons to protect their clothes. These jobs were skilled, indoor jobs rather than manual labour and this is reflected in the clothing.