A few nice items on the second hand market this morning, including some nice home front items from WW2. As well as the items below, I picked up a saw cover which we will look at in detail later. In the meantime enjoy the following little items:
Civilian Duty Gas Mask Instruction Leaflet
This large leaflet was produced to accompany the civilian duty gas mask (see here). It is probably from before the war as these were often the first items to be deleted in production. The cover has a nice picture of a man wearing the gas mask:Whilst inside are the instructions for wear:And the rear has a list of Siebe, Gorman & Co Ltd’s products:
Packaging for food during the war was drastically changed, with smaller simpler labels and poorer quality paper and card in use. This unused box for Orlux Suet Pudding is an example of a box made form a recycled card with just a simple one colour printing:Ration Book Holder
This card cover for ration books was given away as an advertising promotion by Tate and Lyle Sugar. Ration books were only made of paper and got tatty very quickly as they were in constant use, so any form of protection for them would have been appreciated. On the front of the holder is a cartoon sugar cube:Who reappears on the rear:Inside is a message about the products and fighting against the nationalisation of the sugar industry:It must have been successful as sugar remained in private hands throughout the war.
Royal Navy Brass Plate