The Telegraph & Argus celebrates it 150th anniversary this year and in honour of the occasion we are printing a story from our archives every day for 150 days.

Today we look at the Bradford Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, April 8, 1919:

On April 8, 1919, Bradford’s tram conductresses stepped from the platform for what seemed to be the last time. Recording the event, The Bradford Daily Telegraph noted that, ‘Today was the leave-taking of the dainty conductresses who in war-time emergency “punched our tickets” on the Bradford Tramways. ‘How sorry we shall be to see the last of you we cannot fully express. You have been a war-time wonder. Munition girls, land girls, WAACs…and all the great host of patriotic girls who slipped into the breach when the boys went away, all have their paeans of praise, but you seemed to be in danger of passing without recognition and unhonoured. ‘It must not be.

Sadly, the world’s economy took a downturn almost immediately after the war was over, and jobs became hard to get, for men as well as for women.