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What were Universal Aunts? Jackie Winter

Regulars | By Jackie Winter

The Aunts’ major function was caring for children whose parents were posted overseas. Primarily, this meant escorting children across London on their way to or from private schools

Universal Aunts, a personal service bureau, was founded 100 years ago by Gertrude Eliza Maclean. In 1921, Gertie came up with a bright idea. With her many nieces and nephews, she decided to put her aunt-like qualities to good use. Universal Aunts was born. ...

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