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#340410 - 3rd Aug 2009 3:30pm WW2 magazine
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I've just obtained some old magazines; thought this might be interesting.
This is 'Practical Engineering' from Feb.1940. This was during what was known as the Phoney War: Hitler had invaded Poland & we had declared war on Germany, but not much was happening. It was not until May 1940 that Hitler invaded France & the war really began.
Looking at the adverts in the magazine, it was clear that the war was very much in peoples' minds.


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#340446 - 3rd Aug 2009 7:12pm Re: WW2 magazine [Re: chriskay]
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#340447 - 3rd Aug 2009 7:12pm Re: WW2 magazine [Re: chriskay]
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That Newnes war atlas must of been useful, knowing exactly where your loved one was blown to bits must of come in very handy.
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#340458 - 3rd Aug 2009 7:40pm Re: WW2 magazine [Re: chriskay]
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It's interesting that they should start a new magazine at that time, and a weekly too, when paper supply was restricted. The supply of wood pulp from Scandinavia was cut off and there was a drive to collect waste paper and rags. The paper quality was poor and yellowed, as seen here. Remember the 'Wartime Economy Book Publishing' symbol?
Nice find, Chris. I bet they are full of good technical stuff but not giving any war secrets away!
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#340596 - 4th Aug 2009 12:21pm Re: WW2 magazine [Re: bri445]
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Bri; no, I don't remember that economy symbol. I remember the one on furniture & clothing, but I can't find an illustration. I think that in 1940, shortages hadn't made themselves fully felt. I've scanned some more pages, this time from " Practical Mechanics" from 1943 & 1944. On the first page of the Feb 1944 one, there's a note about the paper shortage, just below the heading; same in the April 1943 one. In both, there's quite a few pages of "The Cyclist" but nothing from "Practical Motorist" or "Home Movies"
Hope you all find these scans interesting.

You need to copy & paste the link to the Me 323.


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Description: April 1943 I'm surprised that they could give even this much info. out.

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Description: April 1943 Bloody war! Can't even get model railway stuff.

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Description: This & all the following ones are from Feb 1944

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Description: Another from Bassett-Lowke. They were considered the Rolls Royce of English railway models.

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Description: Another ad. apologising for shortages.

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Description: From the small ads page. Note that he had to confirm that he is British: Becker has a distinct German ring to it!


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#340601 - 4th Aug 2009 12:50pm Re: WW2 magazine [Re: chriskay]
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This is excellent stuff Chris.Great find and thanks for sharing. smile

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#340654 - 4th Aug 2009 4:37pm Re: WW2 magazine [Re: Dava2479]
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Just a bit more from the cycling section. This from 1947.
Discussing the cost of touring.

"I should think it needs all of a pound a day to meet the complete expenses of a cycling tour, and that is not reckoning such personal items as tobacco, strong liquor and postage stamps."

And this advert; I can't really believe that the double entendre was intentional, but I think it's hilarious; look at the marvellous shy, eyes-cast-down expressions.


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#340674 - 4th Aug 2009 6:30pm Re: WW2 magazine [Re: chriskay]
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Here's the economy symbol, 2''x1.1/2'', on an electronics book of 1948.

Those small ads bring a lot back! Chemistry sets... I could buy a lot of nasty chemicals with glass and rubber tubing at the chemist in Bebington Road, between the station and Barlow Ave. What was the name?
Used to spend hours glass-bending, over the gas stove flame. Got a bunsen burner later. Gas was cheap then! Penny in the slot meter AND a rebate!
Home-made fireworks were popular at any time of the year, naturally. Potassium chlorate, strontium nitrate, sulphur, iron filings and charcoal in un-remembered proportions!
We survived somehow!

Which reminds me of war surplus equipment, Whitechapel, Praed Street, Tott. Court Road.....OK,thats enough, some other time...

Bri


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#340684 - 4th Aug 2009 6:58pm Re: WW2 magazine [Re: chriskay]
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Originally Posted By: chriskay
Just a bit more from the cycling section. This from 1947.


Has he just given her a ream of A4 paper and a tin of Heinz beans? That's the way to a woman's heart!!

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#340687 - 4th Aug 2009 7:17pm Re: WW2 magazine [Re: bri445]
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Thanks for that Bri; I remember it now. I too was an amateur chemist. Don't know the name of yours, but mine was in Prenton Rd.West, opposite the Rovers' ground. He was a great old guy who taught me a lot. Sold me my first camera too, an old 1/2plate one, with glass plates, not film. He rejoiced in the name of Percy Kingdom Bottomley. In about 1955 I worked for a time at J.W.Towers, laboratory suppliers, at the top of Brownlow Hill; that was great, I could get anything I wanted & even sometimes had stuff delivered. Yes, we did survive, with most of our parts.
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#340694 - 4th Aug 2009 7:47pm Re: WW2 magazine [Re: chriskay]
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I remember the name JW Towers! Did they have a catalogue of beakers, flasks, etc.? A 'Leibig's condenser' would have been useful, too!

And here's the Utility symbol:


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#340748 - 5th Aug 2009 12:10am Re: WW2 magazine [Re: bri445]
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Towers had a very large catalogue.
Thanks for the utility symbol; I never knew what it meant, looks like a very early Pacman. How about you?
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#340749 - 5th Aug 2009 12:13am Re: WW2 magazine [Re: bri445]
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Has he just given her a ream of A4 paper


No, that would be foolscap.
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#340786 - 5th Aug 2009 11:04am Re: WW2 magazine [Re: chriskay]
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Not many would know foolscap nowadays!!

The utility sign was said to stand for 'Civilian Clothing 1941' so why was it used on furniture as well?


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