Adverts during WW2

These adverts appeared in the local newspaper during the World War 2 years.

 

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 do get accommodation (no children) and rations and washing. So maybe for the right couple it would be a good opportunity. West Kent Joint Hospital Board Caretakers of Smallpox Hospital ...
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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 were used extensively for transporting goods and war equipment, as well as troops and evacuated children.  Railways had proved harder to bomb and much easier to repair than alternative modes ...
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Battle of the Atlantic

An example of how newspapers advertised the dramatics of the war to help sell newspapers. This advert for the News Chronicle newspaper appeared in the Bromley & District Times newspaper in March 1941. Battle of the Atlantic German U-Boats and Bombers V British Fleet, Convoy System, The Coastal Command and ...
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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 on the 4th September 1939, the day after Britain's declaration of war, with the first Minister sworn into Office on 5 September 1939. The Ministry's function was "To promote the ...
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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. The company was trace its origins back over a century to the foundation of George Ewer’s horse carriage business in 1885.  The business prospered, and summer-only services operated to many ...
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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 (from ovum, Latin for “egg”, and malt, originally its main ingredients.) In 1900 his son, Albert, took over the business and in 1909 brought it to England where he established ...
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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 save in War Bonds and similar Government schemes to help re-arm. This advert was one of many which appeared in the local newspaper advertising a local 'War Weapons Week" February 15th - ...
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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 the commuters of the 1940s. At least British rail had a good reason – moving weapons to the theatres of war, as well as the war damage to the railways ...
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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 doubt encourage families to send stocks to the soldiers on the front line. Read more about the history of OXO in my previous blog >> How OXO Helped Strengthen the Home ...
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Pet Food Adverts, 1941

In the Summer of 1939, before the outbreak of war, the National Air Raid Precautions Animals Committee (NARPAC) was formed. This committee produced a pamphlet giving advice to pet owners stating: "If at all possible, send or take your household animals into the country in advance of an emergency." It ...
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