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Ehrlich, Cyril (1925–2004), economic and social historian and writer on music, was born on 13 September 1925 at 5 Copley Street, Mile End, London, the elder child of Henry Ehrlich, tailor, and his wife, Dinah, née Jacobs, also a tailor. Both parents were descended from eastern European Jews. Although they were skilled tailors the uncertain economic climate of the late 1920s and early 1930s meant that they often had to seek work outside their trade. Consequently the family finances were precarious and (since his parents moved frequently in search of work) ...

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Lipson, Ephraim (1888–1960), economic historian, was born in Sheffield on 1 September 1888, the son of Hyman Lipson, furniture dealer, and his wife, Eve, daughter of Michael Jacobs. His elder brother, Daniel Leopold Lipson (1886–1963), a schoolmaster, was independent member of parliament for ...