London's first woman bus conductor Mrs G Duncan, employed by Thomas Tilling in 1915, poses in front of one of the company's buses.
Unknown photographer, Nov 1915
Image no: U13468
Inventory no: 1998/39105
20th Century London caption: Mrs G. Duncan was the first woman bus conductor in London. She started work with Thomas Tilling Company on 1 November 1915, and poses here in front of one of the company's buses. She has a Bell punch ticket machine slung across her chest, and a ticket rack in her left hand. Because the ticket machine clipped the tickets, women conductors were nicknamed 'clippies'. Duncan would have been issued with this ticket machine, together with a licence and a free uniform, when she completed her training. The public encountered women working on the trains or the buses on a daily basis. These women were the most visible example of how women had entered the workplace.