Blighty Militaria have a very rare ARP Emergency Suit for sale. Thought to be a private purchase item it is made in 100% brown wool with elasticated cuffs and zip front with a single patch pocket.
The label says "A.R.P. Emergency Suit - All Wool Womens' Standard Size - Made by the ARP Equipment Co Manor Park London".
The label is very similar to that found in Civil Defence uniforms but there is no official pattern number and the manufacturer is not one I was aware of (there is nothing in Grace's Guide). If you have any further information, please let me know.
The ARP Emergency Suit is for sale and there are further images on the Blighty Militaria website.
Images used with permission.
A very rare badge is up for sale on eBay. It the amongst a small collection of badges attributed to the Legion Of Frontiersmen. The collection of badges is from Bruce Bright, a collector of military badges from the 1920s. Mr Bright was also member of the Military Historical Society.
I've only ever seen one other example of this badge.
Members of the Civil Defence Services were entitled to reduced fares on public transport. This particular ticket is marked "CIVIL DEFENCE WORKER" and is a Third Class return between New Cross and Orpington. Not sure what the red "SA" refers to.
Another ARP equipment catalogue but with a rather snazzy front cover. Contains all the usual ARP equipment plus towed fire appliances. Avidly collected these days.
A 1938-dated photograph taken in Vincent Square, London. If the date is correct then it looks like early preparations are being undertaken to provide shelters for the local population. I imagine that much of the brickwork remains in situ beneath the current cricket pitch.
The building in the background is the campanile (bell tower) of Westminster Cathedral.
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