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.
We’ve just spent a week in Giggleswick/Settle which, for its size, has plenty of decent pubs. Our favourite was the Talbot Arms, of which more later, but here’s a quick look at all the others.
High Street, Settle, with the Golden Lion to the far left and Thirteen (with red CAMRA banner) to the right.
Thirteen — almost a micropub, but not quite — advertises its offer. (Note: buy six pints, keep the receipts, and get a seventh free.)
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Vaux was an important brewery in Sunderland in the North East of England which was founded in the early 19th century and collapsed at the turn of the 21st.
These beer mats all come from the massive bin bag of several hundred we acquired from Ebay a month or so ago and span, by our reckoning, about a decade from c.1971 to 1982.
The slightly sinister Norseman Lager, 1970s.
That’s Jack Charlton, right? So there’s a deliberate joke here about Samson’s hair, right?
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This set of colourful beer mats from Cameron’s of Hartlepool from c.1974 offers an interesting glimpse into attitudes of the recent past.
Roy Orbison on the set of The Glitterball (1977).
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These pictures of British brewing bigwigs all come from the
1900 Licensed Victuallers’ Year Book and follow on from this post from last June.
Mr Sampson Hanbury, business partner of Benjamin ‘Ben’ Truman from 1780. (To be played by Michael Douglas in the upcoming HBO feature film ‘ Behind the Mash Tun’.)
Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton. (Nephew of Sampson Hanbury, and the Buxton in Truman, Hanbury & Buxton; really did not want to pose for this portrait, or could smell gas at the time it was being drawn.)
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St Just is a bit further West than Penzance, not far from Cape Cornwall and Land’s End, and, despite its tiny population of 4,600, has four pubs on its picturesque town square. On Saturday, we paid them a visit.
The King’s Arms, with photogenic dog and tourist-attracting red phone box.
The bar in the cosy saloon bar at the King’s Arms, with open fire, and a bloke eating pork scratchings at the counter.
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