Newly appointed women London General Omnibus Company bus conductors being issued with uniforms, during the First World War.
Photographed by London News Agency, 1916 - 1919
Location: Milman's Street, Kensington and Chelsea SW10
Image no: Ukn
Inventory no: 1998/85837
20th Century London caption: Newly qualified London General Omnibus Company bus conductors try on their uniform for the first time during First World War. These conductors were also known as 'clippies', because they clipped the bus tickets to mark where the passengers boarded. They received a free uniform on completion of their training: a navy blue serge calf-length skirt and jacket with white piping, and a moulded felt hat with a General badge. Women were hired to replace the 18,000 male transport employees who joined the armed forces at the outbreak of war. They became conductors, clerks and station and maintenance staff.