History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

03 March, 2012

War Fair

A fair in 1943 London, set up in Russell Squre as a part of the Holidays at Home Campaign. All the classics, like raffles, ice cream substitute and hammer-the-nail-into-Hitler's-coffin!

The attractions at the fair. Source

A WAAF woman plays a penny rolling game. Source

Adults and children enjoy a horse racing game. Source

A civilian, soldier, and airman watch the festivities. Source

A little boy and his mother play a game of magnetic fishing. Source

A Dutch sailor buys a raffle ticket from Red Cross cadets. The prize is that model battleship. Source

A little girl tastes her chocolate substitute ice cream cone. Source


For a Red Cross donation, people can take a ride around the square in a horse-drawn carriage. Source

Civilians watch a roulette-type game. Source

A woman takes aim in a shooting game. Source

A little girl eats a piece of cake and regards the photographer. Source

Actor Derek de Marnay leads an auction for a small green banana-- an extreme rarity in wartime England. Source

More of the auction. The banana ended up selling for 5 pounds! Source

RAF men play a game. Original caption:"The Royal Air Force is always on the target - even at a fair"!  Source

Two nurses play a shooting game. Source

 A Red Cross woman supervises a boy attempting to drive a nail into Hitler's coffin [you thought I was making that up?] Source

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