Location: Wolverhampton
Era: 1940

“We lived in Penfields, a western area of Wolverhampton. Our house was built in 1936, the year my parents got married. Bizarrely, my Father’s brother purchased the house next door! They both worked on the railway, as did their Father before them. I remember my Father getting up very early and spending a lot of time getting ready for work – including making his ‘packing’ which were his sandwiches for work. He always made jam sandwiches, with jam that my Mother had made from the fruit in the garden. He’d make his packing and go off on his bike to work. He was a man of habit, whose name was John, but he was always called Jack.”
Vivien Small


  • Sliced white bread
  • Butter
  • Homemade strawberry jam


Take your first slice of white bread.

Smother liberally in butter.

Now smooth over your strawberry jam.

Put the second slice of buttered bread on top and lovingly press the sandwich together.

Slice into two triangles and wrap in grease proof paper. Pop into your lunch box and head off to work.