Ticket Office, Chiswick Works. A 'Punch girl' reseals a ticket machine (Bell Punch) after examination.
Photographed by Topical Press, Aug 1927
Location: Chiswick, Hounslow, W4
Image no: U4558
Inventory no: 1999/7726
20th Century London caption: This picture shows a young woman at work in 1927. Her name is not recorded but she worked as a 'punch girl' for the London General Omnibus Company (L.G.O.C.). Conductors on the buses would use a Bell Punch to validate passengers' tickets. The woman is holding one ticket and many more are on the table in front of her. When the conductor held a ticket in the machine and squeezed the trigger, it would punch out a small circle from the ticket and the bell would ring. Back in the ticket offices, women counted these circles. They were just a few millimetres across and called 'confetti'. This was to make sure that the money collected matched the number of tickets sold.