A fantastic photo of members of ARP Post 23 from Biggin Hill. Probably an early war photo going by the uniforms and the use of "ARW" for Air Raid Warden Post on the sign. The wonderful sign for the post is also shown in detail.
During the war, thousands of businesses ran their own ARP teams. Many provided badges to their employees to denote their service within the company's ARP teams. Actually seeing the badges being worn is rare but below shows a gentleman wearing his. The badge may be for the Neath Steel Sheet Galvanising Co. Ltd.
If you're interested in ARP badges and other Home Front badges, buy yourself a copy of Jon Mills' "Doing Their Bit: Home Front Lapel Badges, 1939-1945".
A Warden / Fire Guard - W (F.G) on helmet - uses an invention to shoot water from a stirrup pump around the corner of a building. The small 45 degree mirror assists in aiming the contraption.
Two rare ARP-related car bumper badge mascots for Fisher & Ludlow Ltd. (Fisholow). The car badges are made by Fattorini who made thousands of different industrial ARP lapel badges (the design of these bumper badges mirrors a design seen on lapel badges). The company began in the mid-19th-century in the Smethwick area of Birmingham. As the company grew they moved in car body panels and during the second world war were involved in manufacturing Lancaster bombers wings and shell casings. I am indebted to Steve Taylor for sharing the below images.
Read a more detailed history of Fisher & Ludlow
Designed by Tom Purvis (1888-1959), the below - "In A Raid - Don't Stand And Stare At The Sky. Take Cover at once" is one of several similar looking information posters that appeared early in the war. Measuring 25cm x 76cm the example shown is coming up for auction and has an estimate of £120 to £240 currently.
Other ones include:
"In a raid - Open your door to passers-by -- They need shelter too"
"In a raid - Motorists — park your car close to the kerb off the main highway. AT NIGHT, switch off the head lamp. Keep side and rear lights"
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