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Whilst trawling through the newspapers of 1914-1942, Pam has come across many interesting articles which give us an insight into life both at the front line as well as back at home.

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Miss Winifred Tremain

Miss Winifred Tremain

Experiences of a local nurse in France Praise for British coolness and tact Miss Winifred Tremain, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Frederick Tremain, of Orpington, is very happy in

Guide to War Savings

Guide to War Savings

Even after the war children were encouraged to save. I remember the 6d. And 2/6 stamps that we could collect. It was rare that I could afford 2s. 6d. So

Wedding of Hook & Ryan

Wedding of Hook & Ryan

Flight-Lieut Hook, RAF and Miss Ryan Flight-Lieutenant Robin Hook, RAF, only son of Mr and Mrs E.M. Hook, of The Croft, Beaconsfield Road, Bickley, was married on Monday at the

Idris Table Waters – Advert

Idris Table Waters – Advert

Idris Table Waters Who made the Lemon Squash? Idris admit their guilt.  And moreover, keep on browbeating all the lemons that they can lay hands on.  Too bad for the

Old Valley Boy Plays for Scottish Command

Old Valley Boy Plays for Scottish Command

Mr Jack Lansbury The many friends of Mr Jack Lansbury, whose mother lives at 37 Recreation Road, Shortlands, will be please to hear of his success in the football field.

Women’s Home Defence, 1942

Women’s Home Defence, 1942

Chance to Learn to Shoot “No Drills, No Red Tape, No Uniform” The announcement that a unit of the Women’s Home Defence is being formed in Bromley has aroused considerable

Bromley Warship Week, March 1942

Bromley Warship Week, March 1942

Inaugurated by Admiral Sir Edward Evans “Time for all Hands on Deck” Everyone must make greater sacrifices. Bromley had raised £320,492 (up to noon Wednesday) towards the objective of £400,000

Saving Your Pennies in 1942

Saving Your Pennies in 1942

To encourage people to save during the war time, advert such as these from the Post Office and Trustee Savings Bank (or TSB as we know it today) were published

Lieutenant Richard Been Stannard

Lieutenant Richard Been Stannard

Lieutenant Richard Been Stannard was born at Blyth, Northumberland. His father, Captain George Stannard, was lost with the Mount Oswald, an Allen liner, which he commanded when he was making

2nd Lieutenant John B. Bassett

2nd Lieutenant John B. Bassett

72521 2nd-Lieutenant John Bond Bassett , aged 28, was a printer by trade, the third son of Mr & Mrs W R Bassett of  Bromley.  In July 1940 the local newspaper

Soap Rationing

Soap Rationing

Advert from the Ministry of Food Soap Rationing From Monday, February 9th [1942], soap may be bought only against a coupon or buying permit.  The oils and fats used in

Gunner Harry Garcia

Gunner Harry Garcia

Old Bromley Scouter Broadcasts An exciting story Harry Garcia, a gunner of a Coastal Command Lockheed Hudson, whose home is at 239 Southlands Road, Bromley, told an exciting story on

Scrap Metal

Scrap Metal

Ever Wondered What Happened to the Metal Collected during World War Two? Scrap Metal What happens to the scrap metal you have collected in your effort to assist the nation-wide

Wedding of Dr. Doobie & Miss Schooling

Wedding of Dr. Doobie & Miss Schooling

Dr David N. Dobbie and Miss H.E.M. Schooling Interest was aroused in Bromley on Saturday by the Wedding at St Mary’s Church, College Road, of Dr. David Noble Dobbie, of

Wedding Anniversary: Gunton

Wedding Anniversary: Gunton

Former Mayor and Mayoress of Bromley Celebrate golden Wedding Anniversary Mr and Mrs C.H. Gunton Honoured residents of Bromley who were Mayor and Mayoress in 1934-35, Mr and Mrs Charles

Sunlight Flakes: Advert

Sunlight Flakes: Advert

Happy Thoughts of Sunlight What fun it was! The cheerful buzz of holiday folk enjoying themselves.  The surf breaking gently on the sand.  And the lovely ripe banana you bought

A/F/L Gillian Lorne Campbell

A/F/L Gillian Lorne Campbell

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Acting Flight Lieutenant Gillian Lorne Campbell, R.A.F.V.T. Acting Flight Lieutenant Gillian Lorne Campbell, R.A.F.V.T., 272 Squadron, son of Sir Edward Campbell, M.P. and Lady Campbell,

Beckenham’s Own War Ship

Beckenham’s Own War Ship

Make this Beckenham’s Own Destroyer Sikh’s Glorious Record Beckenham’s Warship Week starts on Saturday February 21st [1942].  This aim is to raise £350,000 in gifts and savings,  by hitting this

A Home Guard Against Winter Chills

A Home Guard Against Winter Chills

Another advert for OXO which was published in the Bromley & District Times newspaper during the 1940’s. Read more about the fascinating history of OXO here > Source: Bromley &

Rector of West Wickham Leaving: 1942

Rector of West Wickham Leaving: 1942

Rev. Charles A. S. Page was the Rector of West Wickham for nearly 12 years, before he moved onto Hawkinge near Folkstone.  When he moved had been recently widowed, and

Squadron Leader Henry Charles Shaw Page

Squadron Leader Henry Charles Shaw Page

Henry Charles Shaw Page (known as Harry) was the only son of West Wickham Rector Charles Alexander Shaw Page and Beatrice Ellen Page, ; and husband to Nancy Mary Heather

Shopkeepers re-planning their delivery services

Shopkeepers re-planning their delivery services

Advert article which featured in the local Bromley Times newspaper in February 1942 from the Ministry of War Transport, Ministry of Food and the Board of Trade. Why shopkeepers are

Commuting in 1942

Commuting in 1942

Trains were by far the main mode of travel for any distance in Britain during World War Two, and even more so for commuters travelling into, and out of, London

Prisoners of War: 1942

Prisoners of War: 1942

Prisoners of War Do you know anyone here? These are men of the Royal West Kent Regiment who are prisoners of war in Germany.  Second from the right in the

Queen’s Message to Nurses: 1942

Queen’s Message to Nurses: 1942

West Kent Hospital Board Lieut.-Colonel G.A. Fulcher, OBE presided at the meeting of the West Kent Joint Hospital Board, which was held at Barnfield, Blyth Road, Bromley on Friday afternoon. 

Paper Salvage Competition: 1942

Paper Salvage Competition: 1942

Following on from Bromley’s waste salvage drive in September 1941, a competition was set up to encourage more salvage of paper from the people of Bromley and the surrounding areas. 

Training of Uncertificated Nurses

Training of Uncertificated Nurses

Orpington Institution and emergency Hospital, Orpington, Kent Training of Uncertificated Nurses The county Council invites applications from persons desirous of training as Assistant Nurses at the Orpington Institution. Previous nursing

Lieutenant Kenneth J. Amos

Lieutenant Kenneth J. Amos

Lieut. K.J. Amos Awarded MBE (Military Divsion) Lieutenant (temporary captain) Kenneth John Amos, Royal Corps of Signals, is among those whose names appear in the New Year Honours list with

Bringing in the New Year: 1942

Bringing in the New Year: 1942

The White Hart Hotel, which once stood in the heart of Bromley High Street, was a large premises which hosted a number of events in its heyday.  In 1941, the

The Foxwell Brothers

The Foxwell Brothers

In this article we focus on the Foxwell family, who resided in the Keston area of Bromley during the second world war years.  Their father, George Foxwell was well known

History of a Famous Ship – H.M.S. Broke

History of a Famous Ship – H.M.S. Broke

The Royal Navy lost a large number of their capital ships to enemy action during the early part of the second war, and was facing increasing pressure to provide escorts

Showing at the Odeon – January 1942

Showing at the Odeon – January 1942

Birth of the Blues Birth of the Blues is a 1941 American musical film whose plot loosely follows the origins and breakthrough success of the Original Dixieland Jass Band. The

Mr Victor George Thomas Rickman

Mr Victor George Thomas Rickman

For Gallantry: British Empire Medal Mr V.G.T. Rickman His Majesty the King has been graciously please to award the British Empire Medal to Mr Victor George Thomas Rickman, 39 Brooklyn

Bromley’s Christmas Games – 1941

Bromley’s Christmas Games – 1941

Holiday Football Home Guard Overwhelmed On Christmas Day Bromley met the local Home Guard in a friendly match at Hayes Lane, Bromley.  The match resulted in an overwhelming victory for

Jones & Higgins Department Store

Jones & Higgins Department Store

Useful ‘Coupon-free’ Gifts at reasonable prices Starting out as a one shopfront window business, Messrs Edwin Jones and George Randell Higgins began their business venture in 1867 with a mere

Members of the Coney Hall Sports Social Club around the world

Members of the Coney Hall Sports Social Club around the world

From Iceland to Suez Members of the Coney Hall Sports Social and Athletic Club are serving with the forces in various parts of the . Mr Frank Keenor, secretary of

F/O Harold Sydney Mellows

F/O Harold Sydney Mellows

Flying Officer H.S. Mellows West Wickham Rotarians stood in silence at their meeting on Monday in tribute to the memory of a fellow-member, Flying Officer H.S. Mellows, M.B.Ch., R.AF.V.R, M.O.,

William Page & Margaret Holder: Wedding

William Page & Margaret Holder: Wedding

Weddings Mr W.S. Page and Miss M.E. Holder The wedding of Mr William Stanley Page, second  son of Mr and Mrs Page, 17 Cloisters Avenue, Bromley, to Miss Margaret Ethel

Flying Officer Albert Cyril Batt

Flying Officer Albert Cyril Batt

Gallant Conduct Flying Officer A.C. Batt, R.AF.V.R., Commended The gallant conduct of Flying Officer Albert Cyril Batt, R.A.F.A.R., on the night of April 16, when the Odeon Cinema, Bromley was

Bromley’s Drive to Salvage Waste, 1941

Bromley’s Drive to Salvage Waste, 1941

During the Second World War recycling was at a high in Britain.  Though at the time it was not for environmental reasons – far from it.  During the war Britain

Jones & Higgins: Reliable Furniture

Jones & Higgins: Reliable Furniture

Jones & Higgins for Quality – Value – Service Reliable Furniture Jones & Higgin make it possible for you to buy furniture of finest quality at competitive. prices.  Here are

Amazing Ordeal of Two Local Airmen

Amazing Ordeal of Two Local Airmen

Blazing Bomber 12,000 Feet up Fought fire over Germany for three hours THEN 57 HOURS ON SEA WASHED ASHORE IN RUBBER DINGHY A gallant young wireless operator whose home is

Share the Sunday Times: 1941 advert

Share the Sunday Times: 1941 advert

Share the Sunday Times Trusted for its news and views through 120 years through 20 other wars – the Sunday times is Britain’s great Sunday newspaper.  As in all its

A great favourite with Men: spice Cake

A great favourite with Men: spice Cake

Spice Cake This is a rich and heavy textured cake and a great favourite with men: 1 1/2 cupfuls of water 3 ozs sugar 4 ozs grated carrot 4 ozs

History made on ruins of Bromley Parish Church – 1941

History made on ruins of Bromley Parish Church – 1941

Bromley Parish Church has played a significant role in the life of Bromley for over 800 years. The church was destroyed by a bomb on the night of 16 April

Look Out in the Blackout – Advert from WW2

Look Out in the Blackout – Advert from WW2

Be careful when crossing For safety’s sake, before you start to cross, look right – look left – listen. Remember that drivers may not see you although you can see

True Tales from The Navy: 1941

True Tales from The Navy: 1941

The price of Admiralty By Commander A.B. Campbell, R.D., of the BBC “Brains Trust” Minesweeper making port – at dark – and they’ve had no sleep to speak of for

British Restaurant opens in West Wickham – WW2

British Restaurant opens in West Wickham – WW2

I chose this one because my mother and Grandmother volunteered there British Restaurant A British restaurant was opened in Glebe Way, West Wickham, on Wednesday.  The Mayor of Beckenham, (Alderman W.J.

Kent men in Iceland appeal for more games

Kent men in Iceland appeal for more games

Kent Men in Iceland Games of all kinds needed Appeal by the W.V.S. Bromleian’s impressios of the island There are a fair number of Bromley men among the British troops

Is Your Boy here? Prisoners of War, 1941

Is Your Boy here? Prisoners of War, 1941

This group photo of soldiers being held in a prisoner of war camp in Germany in 1941, was published in the Bromley & District Times in the October, in the

Lord Croft Watches over Gun Crew, 1941

Lord Croft Watches over Gun Crew, 1941

Henry Page Croft, 1st Baron Croft was a decorated British soldier and a Conservative Party politician.  In 1940 Croft was appointed by Winston Churchill as Under-Secretary of State for War, a post he would hold

Royal West Kent Regiment: Prisoners of War

Royal West Kent Regiment: Prisoners of War

In a German Prison Camp A group of officers of the Royal West Kent Regiment at Camp Oflag VII., C,. Germany, received by Mrs Haynes, mother of Captain P.F. Haynes. 

Rifleman Robert Leo Rockall: Wedding

Rifleman Robert Leo Rockall: Wedding

Mr R.L. Rockall and Miss Elsie L. Williams The wedding took place on Saturday at St Mary’s Church, Plaistow, of a well-known local sportsman, Mr. Robert Leo Rockall (now Rifleman,

Women’s War-time Services, 1941

Women’s War-time Services, 1941

Attractive procession in Bromley Second Week of Salvage Drive Representatives of many of the women’s war-time services took part in a ladies’ procession on Thursday, last week, to further the

Lady Camden visits the Bromley Red Cross

Lady Camden visits the Bromley Red Cross

The Marchioness Camden at Bromley RED CROSS DETACHMENTS INSPECTED Interesting event at Stockwell College The visit of the Marchioness Camden, C.B.E., to Stockwell College, Bromley, on Saturday afternoon, was an

Recruits for the ATS needed URGENTLY

Recruits for the ATS needed URGENTLY

This notice was published in the local Bromley & District Times newspaper in October 1941, by the Ministry of Labour and National Service, advertising to parents of girls seeking work

Captain Quentin B. Hurst: Killed in Action

Captain Quentin B. Hurst: Killed in Action

Captain Quentin Hurst, the Rifle Brigade, previously reported as missing, is now known to have been killed in action on April 7, 1941. The only son of Judge and Lady

Collie Knox joins the Star

Collie Knox joins the Star

Collie Knox (1899–1977) was a British author and journalist who was active during World War II. He wrote mostly for the Daily Mail.  Hard-Hitting philosopher COLLIE KNOX joins The Star

Acting F/L Hugh William Eliot

Acting F/L Hugh William Eliot

For Gallentry Acting Light-Lieutenant H.W. Eliot AWARDED DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS The Distinguished Flying Cross has been awarded to Acting Flight-Lieutenant Hugh William Eliot, son of Mr and Mrs F.H. Eliot,

Private Patrick Joseph Reynolds: Death

Private Patrick Joseph Reynolds: Death

Private Patrick Reynolds had previously been reported as missing in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on the 19th July 1940.  Read article here > Death of Prisoner of War

Cinema Listings for Bromley in 1941

Cinema Listings for Bromley in 1941

This advert for the cinemas of Bromley lists the top films being shown for the 6 days following Monday 27th October 1941. The Odeon’s top movie was ‘Billy the Kid’

Quaker Relief in Britain

Quaker Relief in Britain

This advert featured in the Bromley & District Times newspaper in September 1941 Quaker Relief in Britain organised by THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS has – Over 100 East London and

Harry Charles Shaw Page

Harry Charles Shaw Page

Promotion for Rector’s Son Squadron Leader Page Flight Lieutenant Harry Charles Shaw Page, D.F.C., only son of Lieutenant-Colonel and Mrs Page, of West Wickham Rectory, has been gazetted squadron leader

Leading Aircraftman Harold Lidster: Wedding

Leading Aircraftman Harold Lidster: Wedding

L/A/C Lidster and Miss M. Fitch The wedding took place at St Luke’s Church on Saturday,  August 30, of L/A/C Harold Lidster, R.A.F., eldest son of Mr and Mrs Lidster.

War Savings Campaign

War Savings Campaign

Permanent Memorial for the Borough In the hour of peril People of Bromley earned the gratitude of the British nations Sustaining the valour of The Royal Air Force and Fortifying

Cigarettes for Prisoners of War

Cigarettes for Prisoners of War

Rooms at Rothwell, Sundridge Avenue are used five days a week by the workers, who number a hundred, most of whom are volunteers. Miss N.L. Spicer is the manager of

Advertisement for Regent Portraits (Photographers)

Advertisement for Regent Portraits (Photographers)

“When Jack came home on leave…” …he realised how much happier his friends and family would be while he was away if they had a photograph of him…. a life

Flying Officer Ross James

Flying Officer Ross James

Roll of Honour MISSING. Hero who raided Berlin A fortnight ago we announced that the Distinguished Flying Cross had been awarded to Flying Officer Ross James, R.A.F., son of Mr

Mrs Ethel Augusta Pond

Mrs Ethel Augusta Pond

Recognition for Bravery Red Cross Distinguished War Service Certificate The many friends of Mrs Ethel A. Pond, MBE, Commandant Kent 50 Voluntary Aid Detachment, will be delighted to hear that

Sergeant Peter David Devereux

Sergeant Peter David Devereux

Lost at Sea Sergeant P.D. Devereux, R.A.F. Sergeant Peter David Devereux, aged 22, who has been reported “missing” while on an R.A.F. patrol at sea, joined the R.A.F. before the

Bad Traffic Lights

Bad Traffic Lights

It’s strange to imagine a world without traffic lights, as they have now become a necessity in keeping our busy roads safe and less chaotic.  Before traffic lights, police controlled

Gunner Sydney Bax: Wedding

Gunner Sydney Bax: Wedding

A member of an old Bromley family was married at St John’s, Eden Park, on Saturday, when the bridegroom was Mr Sidney Bax (now Gunner, R.A.), eldest son of Mr

Canteen Truck donation to Bromley Fire Service, 1941

Canteen Truck donation to Bromley Fire Service, 1941

The donor, Mrs King, with the canteen she presented to Bromley Fire Services.  On the left are Mr E. Ford Duncanson and the Mayor (Councillor H. Lynch Watson), and on

Complaints about Food Waste, 1941

Complaints about Food Waste, 1941

Looks like complaints about food waste is not a new phenomenon.  Although it seems comical now, this complaint printed in the Bromley & District newspaper in February 1941 shows a

Squadron-Leader Barrie Heath

Squadron-Leader Barrie Heath

Born in Warwickshire in 1916, Squadron Leader Barrie Heath was a son of Mr G.R. Heath.  He saw active service in 1940 with No. 611 Squadron RA, flying in the

Who was Lord Woolton?

Who was Lord Woolton?

Frederick James Marquis, was an English Businessman and politician, born and raised in Lancashire. During World War two Woolton was one of a number of businessmen (including Sir Andrew Duncan, Lord

Dr Kenneth Edwin Tapper

Dr Kenneth Edwin Tapper

Awarded the George Medal Dr. Kenneth E. Tapper, O.B.E, Medical Officer of Health for Bromley, and head of the A.P.R. Casualty Services, has been awarded the George Medal for bravery

Don’t Delay – install an Incendiary Bomb Detector today, 1941

Don’t Delay – install an Incendiary Bomb Detector today, 1941

London had suffered 57 days of non-stop bombing from the Luftwaffe in 1940 – it was relentless. There must have been many bombs that failed to explode, so there must

Mooney & Cooney

Mooney & Cooney

The Canadian soldiers and airmen were very popular with the girls of the area . I don’t know whether the girls are ‘snapping up’ the boys or the boys are

Housekeeping in War-time Britain

Housekeeping in War-time Britain

Queen Elizabeth, consort of George VI the King of the United Kingdom (and mother of Queen Elizabeth II), visited the Ministry of Food on the 30th May 1941, where she

Call out for local knitters to help with the war effort

Call out for local knitters to help with the war effort

It is amazing how history can repeat itself.  This article asking for knitters to help create woollen clothing for the Winter season in 1941 especially resonated with me as it

Henry Euler and Miss Jane Bowl

Henry Euler and Miss Jane Bowl

It is such a wonderful moment in family history research when you stumble upon an article, such as a marriage or obituary, where it can either help fill in a

Flying Officer Peter E.A. Loat

Flying Officer Peter E.A. Loat

The Battle of Cape Matapan was a Second War engagement between British Imperial and Axis forces, fought from 27–29 March 1941. The cape is on the south-west coast of the

Matron Marion Edith Bolton

Matron Marion Edith Bolton

Mottingham George Medallist Mrs Marion Edith Bolton, matron of the Sir Robert Jeffery’s Homes, Mottingham, received from the King, as a recent investiture at Buckingham Palace, the George Medal which

Lieutenant Gerald E. Combe

Lieutenant Gerald E. Combe

Lieutenant Gerald Edward Combe was the son of Herbert Walter and Mildred Eleanor Combe, of Bromley, Kent.  He was killed in action on the 27th May 1940, aged just 23

Flying Officer Eric Charles Whitehead

Flying Officer Eric Charles Whitehead

Flying Officer Eric Charles Whitehead was the son of William and Selina Whitehead of Bromley, Kent, and the husband of Cynthia Eva Beatrice Whitehead, of Chislehurst, Kent. He died on

Lord Woolton Pie: The Official Recipe

Lord Woolton Pie: The Official Recipe

Originally called Lord Woolton pie, and later as simply Woolton Pie, this pastry dish of vegetables was widely served in Britain during World War Two when rationing and shortages made

You Can’t be too Careful: Propaganda Campaign, 1943

You Can’t be too Careful: Propaganda Campaign, 1943

“Over 1,000 fires a day are helping Hitler.. so stub it out!” One of the propaganda campaigns which ran nationally during World War 2, was to warn people of the

Travel Advice: Don’t Travel at Whitsun, 1943

Travel Advice: Don’t Travel at Whitsun, 1943

Advice from the Railway Executive Committee advising customers not to  travel on Whitsun 1943 (which fell on Sunday 13th June), due to the trains being used to transport urgent supplies

Dainty Wear for Tiny Tots

Dainty Wear for Tiny Tots

Loving the names of the children’s clothing from this advert in the Bromley & District Times from May 1940. The Infant’s Art Spun Smock Art Crepe Romper Infant’s Dayella Gown

Canadian Visitor talks to local Toc H group

Canadian Visitor talks to local Toc H group

Toc H (an abbreviation of Talbot House) was styled as an “Every Man’s Club”, where all soldiers were welcome, regardless of rank. Founded in 1915, by Neville Talbot, a then

Rowntree’s Cocoa: Advert from 1943

Rowntree’s Cocoa: Advert from 1943

Rowntree’s is a British confectionery business founded at Castlegate, York by Henry Isaac Rowntree, when he purchased the already established Tukes’ cocoa and chocolate business. As a teetotal Quaker, he was able to add

Food Facts: Mother & Child

Food Facts: Mother & Child

Government advice given to Expectant Mothers, during th Second World War, on the food they should be trying to eat to help with their health, and the health of their

Gunner Horace Charles Baldwin

Gunner Horace Charles Baldwin

One fears for the prisoners taken by the Japanese. Gunner Baldwin was being held in Batavia (Jakarta, Indonesia). Gunner Baldwas was the son of of Henry Charles and Martha Baldwin

Mortimer Family

Mortimer Family

Notable Family Record Father and Seven Sons Serving Mrs Mortimer, of 120 Homesdale Road, Bromley, gave to a Kentish Times reporter some particulars of her family’s exceptionally fine record of

Penny-a-Week fund

Penny-a-Week fund

One of the most successful ways of obtaining money during World War 2 was through the Penny-a-Week fund.  The fund was set up through a joint venture between the British

The Durling Sisters

The Durling Sisters

It wasn’t only sons who helped fight the war in WW2.  Many families with girls were also proud of their daughters achievements.  This feature from the Bromley and District Times

Put Some Beef into it

Put Some Beef into it

Torox Cubes was a lesser known beef bouillon brand made in England by Hugson & Co. Ltd. Manchester (“Manufacturers of “Atora’ Beef Suet). The story of Hugson & Co began

William Noel Hickmott

William Noel Hickmott

Lance Bombardier William Noel Hickmott was the son of Thomas William and Beatrice Hickmott of Bromley.  He married Amy Rabbeth in 1932 and had four children; William (1932), Sheila &

RAF “Presents” for Hitler

RAF “Presents” for Hitler

By the mid end of the Second War World, Britain began using larger ‘giant’ bombs against the enemy.  They were nicknamed the ‘blockbuster bomb’ by the press and referred to

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