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Letter from "the kiosk lady" in Fredrikstad city kiosk to Bertrand Narvesen 20 April 1900. PA 1522 Narvesen. Inngående brev 1894-1960, Da 02_03.

Letter from "the kiosk lady" in Fredrikstad city kiosk to Bertrand Narvesen 20 April 1900. PA 1522 Narvesen. Inngående brev 1894-1960, Da 02_03.


The kiosk was also a work place, and most of the clerks were women. Not until the 1970's it became more usual with male clerks. A lot has been written about the kiosk ladies and their work in Narvesen's internal magazine, "Mellom oss". In issue no 95 it says: ”The lady in the kiosk has contact with the world outside through the little window. In most cases this contact has been established through years of work, a mutual relationship of trust between the saleswoman and her customers.”

It wasn't difficult for Narvesen to recruit saleswomen, as the place in the window was much sought after. But the work was demanding. In ”Mellom oss” no 12 from 1959 there is a list of all the things a kiosk lady had to be able to do. She had to know that her customers always were busy, count new arrivals, pack returns, write journals, answer questions regarding geography, postal rates, telephone numbers and much more.

In the beginning, the kiosk ladies related directly to Bertrand Narvesen with their questions, accounting, returns, timesheets, etc. In the archive there are several letters and other correspondance that tell us about the everyday work life of the saleswomen in the variuos kiosks around the counry.



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