Arthur Gill, gold-beater and ticket-writer
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Arthur Gill was born in a back-to-hack house in Claro Place, Leeds, in 1887, which was still standing when the autobiography was written in 1 969; he was the second of eight children, four of whom died when young. His father was a boot-and shoerepairer, though he had served his apprenticeship as a teazlesetter of superfine cloths, which were out of fashion by the time he had qualified. Arthur's education was at the Meanwood Road Board School and the Primitive Methodist Sunday School; he left school at thirteen, having shown marked ability at drawing and painting, and began work with a gold-beater. From here he moved to a sign-and ticket-writer, becoming a highly skilled hand eventually earning 35s. a week. By 1914, when he married, the hand-written-ticket trade was beginning to decline and he was working increasingly on advertisement slides for use in the cinemas. During the slump of 1930 he set up his own business at home, producing showcards, tickets, church posters and, occasionally, illuminated addresses at £10 each. He was Superintendent of the Sunday School for many years, and continued to draw, paint and work part-time until he retired at eighty in 1967.