Started conversation May 23, 2001
Posted Apr 12, 2006
During the second world war, because eggs were scarce, many families kept a few hens and they sold the eggs locally, beautiful fresh eggs at about five shillings a dozen, but illegal, average wage being well under five pounds per week they were actually very expensive. In comparison a loaf of bread was fourpence halfpenny,old money, twenty cigarettes were fourpence and better class ones sixpence. One shilling ie; five 5p today would buy two trips to the the cinema, complete with a quarter of sweets or a bar of choclate on each visit.
But really illegal was the practice of one local farmer, he went round some Yorkshire hatcheries where eggs were being hatched in incubators.
He bought the clears and sold them at top price on local markets.
Don't know what clears are then I will tell you, they are eggs that are infertile, he candled them after six days in the incubator and apart from being a bit thin in the yolks they were still edible.
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