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Newspaper Advertisements

Below we have listed a variety of adverts which were published in the Bromley & District Times newspaper the two war time periods (1914-1918 and 1939-1945). 

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Idris Table Waters – Advert

Idris Table Waters Advert for Idris Table Waters from the Bromley & District Times newspaper. Who made the Lemon Squash? …

Soap Rationing

Advert from the Ministry of Food Soap Rationing From Monday, February 9th , soap may be bought only against a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Jones & Higgins: Reliable Furniture

Jones & Higgins for Quality – Value – Service Reliable Furniture Jones & Higgin make it possible for you to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Quaker Relief in Britain

This advert featured in the Bromley & District Times newspaper in September 1941 Quaker Relief in Britain organised by THE …

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 …

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), …

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 …

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 …

Put Some Beef into it

Torox Cubes was a lesser known beef bouillon brand made in England by Hugson & Co. Ltd. Manchester (“Manufacturers of …

RAF “Presents” for Hitler

By the mid end of the Second War World, Britain began using larger ‘giant’ bombs against the enemy.  They were …

What they Do and What they Wear: Lifebuoy Toilet Soap advert

Lifebuoy Toilet Soap was very much of a popular product being used during the Second World World.   It reached it …

Swat that Squander Bug

The Squander Bug was propaganda character created during the Second War War by artist Phillip Boydell, an employee of the …

Daddy’s Medal: Devotion to Duty

This feature appeared in the Bromley & District Times calling for more to be done to save Daddy’s Medal… Our …

Trailblazing iconic fashion of the 1940s

Although we look back at the 1940’s and think of it as a decade of mostly war and hardship, it …

House of Perrings

This featured appeared in the Bromley & District Times in 1941, giving a lovely introduction to the family firm Perring. …

Caretaker needed for Smallpox Hospital – Job Advert, 1941

Looking for a job? Here’s a good one for a couple – but the remunerations is somewhat uneven but they …

Sending Parcels to the Front Line

Right from the outset of the second world war, British railways were the mainstay of the internal transport system.  They …

Battle of the Atlantic

An example of how newspapers advertised the dramatics of the war to help sell newspapers. This advert for the News …

What do I do? – Ministry of Information Advice

The Ministry of Information (MOI), was a central government department created briefly at the end of the first world war, and again …

Travel Advert: Grey-Green Coach

Grey-Green was a bus and coach operator based in Stamford Hill and operated in London and the East of England. …

Influenza – The Best Known Safeguard against Infection is Ovaltine

‘Ovaltine’ was developed in Switzerland by Dr. George Wander in 1865 where it is known by its original name Ovomaltine …

Bromley War Weapons Week

Before the US entered the war, and still with the threat of invasion, War Weapon Weeks was a way to encourage people to …

Why Aren’t There More Trains?

Next time you are waiting for a train, and perhaps complaining about the lack of them, spare a thought for …

Hot Water! What’s the Idea?

Keeping the soldiers going! This advert for OXO featured in the Bromley & District Times in February 1941, to no …

Pet Food Adverts, 1941

In the Summer of 1939, before the outbreak of war, the National Air Raid Precautions Animals Committee (NARPAC) was formed. …

Getting a Good Night’s Rest in the Public Shelter

During early 1941 Britain was still in the midst of the Blitz, with no idea how long it was going …

Billy Brown’s Own Highway Code

Billy Brown of London Town was a cartoon character, drawn by English cartoonist David Langdon OBE, who featured on the London Transport …

Adding comfort to your Air Raid Shelter

Air raid shelters were not the most lavish place to have to spend your time. Primarily located in the garden, …

Part-Exchange Furniture in the 1940s

One of the ‘Perrings’ Furniture Store was located on the High Street in Sidcup. Perrings was a small family firm, …

How OXO helped Strengthen the Home Front

How OXO helped Strengthen the Home Front In 1840 a German chemist, by the name of Baron Justus von Liebig …

Men Wanted Now

The devastation left by the air raids on, and around, London was immense and people were needed to help with …

Three-Decker Bunk beds in Bromley Air Raid Shelter

Three-Decker Divans in Elm Bank Hotel Shelter The entrance to these improvised sleeping quarters is down a six-feet stairway directly …

Bromley Fighter Fund: 1940

Appeared in the Bromley & District Times, 20th September 1940 …

No Waste! Tactics of the Kitchen Front

This advert, to help combat waste in the kitchen, featured in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on 20th September …

Autumn Fashions – 1940

For the fashion conscious in 1940, this advert appeared in the Bromley & District Times on 13th September 1940 …

Phosferine Advert

Another example of the type of advert used by Phosferine to advert their product, whereby they use the recommendation of …

Buy National War Bonds, Advert 1940

War Bonds – Britain’s Broadsides! Britain’s vast war effort calls for weapons of every calibre.  National War Bonds are the …

Lifebuoy Soap – Advert, 1940

Lifebuoy was introduced in England by Lever Brothers in 1895, and marketed as a soap that could be used in …

Purchasing Furniture in 1940

Anyone for new furniture in the sale? A three-piece suite for under £24 Remember: Gns are guineas A guinea was …

Getting an Air Raid Shelter at Low Cost during the Battle of Britain

This advert for a concrete air raid shelter appeared in the Bromley & District Times at the start of the …

Do you like the boots? Bon Marché fashion

This advert for the Bon Marché store in Brixton appeared in the Bromley & District Times in early January 1917.  …

Oh for an electric dish-washer!

The first dishwasher was invented in the USA in 1857 by Josephine Cochrane (trust a woman to realise the value …

Are you a lover of Sardines?

My husband love sardines, so this advert would have appealed to him. …

Is this the Ideal Summer Beverage?

Would an advert like this, as featured in the Bromley & District Times in July 1918, made you go out …

Don’t run any risk with Allotment cuts & brusies – Use Zam-Buk

The popularity of allotments at this time meant many could be liable to small scratches and cuts, which could quickly …

National War Bonds – invest every shilling you possibly can!

No sum can be too large! Another example of an advert, often seen in local newspapers, encouraging local people to invest …

3 looks for the Bromley Fashionistas – c.1918-style

For the lady of fashion in June – So elegant! The latest fashions brought to you from Sainsbury’s in June 1918 …

The Supreme test of British Womanhood

Adverts like this one from the Bromley & District Time (31st May 1918,  page 6) appeared in local newspapers advertising …

Women of Britain – We Need You…

An advert which appeared in the Bromley & District Times on the 24th May 1918 (page 6), advertising for the …

No ration card required

In 1918, the British government set out new laws introducing the rationing of certain food; Sugar, meat, flour, butter, margarine and …

Our Soldiers Want More – Zam-Buk

Zam-Buk was advertised throughout the war. Our Soldiers Want More – Zam-Buk To Heal their CUTS, BAD FEET & TRENCH …

Dame Clara Ellen Butt performs in Bromley

Dame Clara Ellen Butt, DBE (1 February 1872 – 23 January 1936) was an English contralto. Her main career was as a …

Women Committee Set Up to Stop Girls Canoodling with Soldiers

During World War 1 a Women Committee was set up as there was concern about girls canoodling with the soldiers, …

New Suit or a Chocolate Egg for Easter?

How times have changed. I doubt very much that you would see an advert like this in the local newspaper …

Top Easter Fashions in 1918 from Sainsbury’s

So if you walking around the shops in 1918, these would have been the fashion statements that were on offer …

A little bit of butter; nice if you could get it

MARGARINE STOCKS REQUISITIONED DISTRIBUTION TO-MORROW MORNING The Bromley Food Control Committee have requisitioned a quantity of  margarine in Bromley, which …

Must-have Christmas Gifts for the Family c.1917

Life may have been tough in 1917, but Christmas would soon arrive and there were presents to buy.  Below is …

Lady Grocers keeping store in business

International Stores was noted as “The Biggest Grocers in the World”.  During the war they were able to stay in …

Food Economy during wartime

During war time local stores would help customers visualise what they could spend their money on in adverts.  Here ‘Worlds Store’, …

Word of warning from the London General Omnibus Company

The London General Omnibus Company often created adverts like this in local newspapers to help inform readers about the dangers …

Advert for LSD? Surely not in the Bromley Times!

Like the large letters L.S.D? No, drugs had not been legalised. This refers to pounds (L) shillings (S) and pence …

Who Said War Prices?

Taken from the Bromley & District Times on 5th January 1917  , this advert is promoting World’s Stores on East …

Phosferine #2

Another advert for Phosferine in the Bromley & District Times from 1917, and again another genuine soldier is using it, it …

Poisoned Sores

Another advert for Zam-Buk as featured in the local Bromley & District Times in 1917.   Remember this was a …

Wearing Furs

Fur Coats, Fur Trimmed Coats, Cloth Coats, Furs and Millnery. In October 1917, the shops were advertising winter wear. Fur, …

The Bus Conductor

Some of us will still remember the days when we paid our fares to a bus conductor or conductress and …

Phosferine #1

Every few weeks an advert for Phosferine would appear, featuring a soldier and saying how it had helped him. I …

The House for Juvenile Clothing, 1917

Here are the fashions for the younger generation. No mobiles here, just running around! I think the Peter Pan Outfit …

Sainsbury’s Fashion, 1917

Yes, it is Sainsbury’s.   When I started reading these newspapers I was surprised to see that at that time, …

‘It is nice, Mother!’

That is what the children say when their Cuts, Scrapes and Bruises are dressed with Zam-Buk. They have that soon-get-better …

Safety First

At first I thought this was an overcrowded escalator, but you can see it is an open-topped bus.  It seems …

Fashions of January 1917

Winter Fashions from 1917 Medhurst’s Winter Sale At no other sale in the kingdom can you buy Royal Worcester Kidfitting …

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