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 most of my stamps were 6d. When we had a full card, the money would be transferred into my post office savings account. Your Guide to War Savings Issued for your information by The National Savings Committee. National Savings Certificates Post Office and Trustee Savings Banks 3% Defence Bonds 3% Savings Bonds (1955-65) 2.5% National War Bonds (1949-51) Source:Bromley &…

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 lemons; but very necessary in producing the most refreshing, wholesome drink that the palate can desire. What happy days again, after the war, when you are able to kill that thirst with a satisfying drink like Idris.  As much of it, too, as you can wish for! Source: Bromley & District Times, 6th March 1942 (page 1)

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 soap manufacture occupy much shipping space, and some of this must be saved for food. you will have 4 coupons in each 4-weekly period, and will be able to use these how and when you like within the period.  There will be no registration, and you may buy from any shop stocking the kind you require. Each of the four…

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 film was first release in November 1941 and starred the legendary Bing Crosby, Mary Martin and Brian Donlevy. It was directed by Victor Schertzinger. It was well-received by critics on its release, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score. Cinemas, such as the Odeon, continued operating throughout the war years, and were no doubt a form…

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 £80. By 1887 they had opened a 5-storey department store on the corner of Rye Lane and Peckham High Street, which went on to become one of south London’s best-known department stores.  It closed in the 1980s. They advertised in local newspapers. Source: Bromley & District Times, 5th December 1941 (page 3)

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 two typical examples of value offered. Figured Oak Dining Room Suite 4ft Sideboard with two spacious cupboards and two drawers, one drawer balze-lined for cutlery, Draw-leaf tables opening to 5 x 3ft and four well built Chairs, loose seats covered in hide effect rexine. £47.5.0 Figured Oak Bedroom Suite 4ft Wardrobe, fitted hanging rod and hooks. 3ft 4Ins Sunk Centre…

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 history, outstanding men write its pages – Scrutator, James Agate, Lord Vansittart, Philip Guedalla, Ernest Newmanm Desmond MacCarthy, Dilys Powell, Norman Crump.   But the Sunday Times is in such demand for its authoritative journalism, that supplies run short; so hand your copy round.  If the man next door – the vicar, the air raid warden, good friends and relatives, have…

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 to join up to the Auxiliary Territorial Service. A message from the Government to PARENTS of all girls… …who are not yet employed in full-time WAR WORK. Your daughter is being asked to volunteer immediately for the Auxiliary Territorial Service, even if she has yet to register or is now awaiting her interview. The need for recruits to the A.T.S.…