Yes we did 48 hours a week when I first left school at 14 and got a job. 07.30 until 17.00 hrs. five days a week (an hour off for dinner) Saturday straight through from 07.30 until 13.00 hrs. Wages were 28 shillings a week, mum got the pound and the other eight bob was squandered away on high living. We lived high off the hog in those days. After three and a half years I was getting a whole two pounds for the same hours. Joined the Bootneck family and immediately went back down to twenty eight shillings a week.
Three shift working Mon - Friday 7 to 1 Saturday and again Sunday was my normal working times for over 25 years until I change jobs. Now its officially "9 - 5" Mon - Fri job, but often I will be working all hours to make a deadline.
Although a house husband now, for just over 22 years I worked 5 out of 7 (as its now called). In retail you have to get used to working at the busiest times, which also included alot of late nights, including Saturdays. I remember looking forward to my days off in the week, and Sunday hours, because I finished at 4pm. My wife moans about working 9 till 5, mon - fri, I wish I had had it so good, lol!.