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Peter and Irene Imhof-Russell on their wedding day

The weavers at Winterthur Silks Ltd were given their work instructions on cards like these.

Irene Imhof-Russell was familiar with work card like this. Born in Dunfermline, she grew up in Kingseat and started work as a warper in Dunfermline Silk Mills when she was 15 years old. At that time seven members of her family worked in the factory and her aunt Cathy was forewoman in the warping department.

“The working hours were 08.00 a.m. till 5.30 p.m. with one tea break, when the tea trolled passed. Lunch in the factory canteen was optional”

“The materials we used to make the warps for were silk and the new artificial fibres, for instance Nylon and Terylene. Nylon was very difficult to work with as it loaded itself with static electricity and clung to your skin”

“In the warping where 12-15 people, mostly girls worked, the working climate was very friendly”

As you can possibly guess from her surname, Irene met her Swiss husband, Peter, while working at Winterthur Silk Mill!