We recently discovered the Imperial War Museum digital archive which is (perhaps surprisingly) crammed with pictures of pubs, beer and brewing.
Here are some of the best shots of ‘everyday life’ on the home front during World War II shared under the terms of their non-commercial license. (Click the ID numbers to go to the IWM website for bigger versions and more info.)
Allied soldiers in a London pub, 1940. © IWM ( D 1725)
Home Guard members in a pub in Orford, Suffolk, 1941. © IWM ( D 4852)
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These wonderfully colourful covers for editions of the Guinness London staff magazine remind us of cartoons and children’s books from our childhoods, but could just as easily grace the sleeve of a Kinks LP.
Autumn 1967, front.
Autumn 1967, rear.
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These were carefully removed from matchboxes produced, we would guess, in about 1968, probably for sale in Watney’s pubs. (Any matchbox collectors who want to correct us, go for it.)
The Silver Sword, Coventry, which now looks like this (Google Street View).
The Roebuck, Erdington, Birmingham, described in 2010 as ‘ like a wild west saloon‘.
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Young’s Leaflet, side one.
Young’s Leaflet, side two.
Fuller’s leaflet, part one.
Fuller’s leaflet, part two.
Fuller’s leaflet, part three.
Fuller’s leaflet, part four.
These two leaflet were among the lovely pile of ephemera
Steve ‘Beer Justice’ Williams sent us when he moved house.
The Young’s leaflet is dated 1979 and the Fuller’s one, we guess, is of about the same vintage.
Most notable is Young’s rhetoric — ‘You Ought to Know Whose Beer You’re Drinking’, ‘We don’t go in for chemical engineering’ — which sounds, we think, rather modern.
Sorry about the crappy ‘scans’ — our scanner is broken so we had to use a camera. Still, they’re readable, which is the main thing.
A slightly odd one, this: we came across an old brochure advertising MG Magnette saloon cars dating from around 1956 featuring the following two wonderfully of-their-time images.
This is the brochure’s centrefold; the pub is
the Barley Mow at Clifton Hampden, not far from Oxford.
Anyone recognise this pub with a ‘Smokeroom Bar’? It’s probably in Oxford, we reckon. UPDATE: @guidomax on Twitter says this is the Crown & Thistle, Abingdon.