The Unfortunate Tailor

Tailors, those skilled and essential craftsmen, were the subject of many traditional songs in which they come off second best. The second photograph was taken at the old workshop of Henry Poole in 1944. In the 1960s I saw a tailor sitting cross-legged in the large window of his London shop where the light was good. The Unfortunate Tailor was collected by Henry Hammond from George Lovett, Winchester, Hampshire, 1906; and Alfred Oliver, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 1907.

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