He was paid three shillings and sixpence a week - equivalent to just over 18 pence in today's terms.
As it was pirated, so the price crept up, ninepence, one shilling, one shilling and sixpence , half-a-crown, and then it came out in instalments.
In 1980, the government announced the withdrawal of the sixpence coin on June 30th.
In the spirit of the time, a whip-round was carried out and I was soon clutching a fist-full of pennies and ha'pennies to make up my sixpence .
Alfred gets nineteen shillings and sixpence for a full week.
Regarding the purchasing power of a shilling it is a remarkable fact that in 1939 a sixpence would purchase a glass of beer, a packet of Woodbines and a box of matches and leave a halfpenny change.
In very little time my order arrived in a small plastic container and I paid the shilling and sixpence that the meal cost.
The rent was only three shillings and sixpence a week, and a further three shillings and sixpence for a week's breakfasts.
Many of the older people in the town, including myself, have memories of the 1950s, when the New Towns Commission decided to increase rents by two shillings and sixpence per week.
And six coins were recovered including a florin, a sixpence , two pennies and two half pennies.