Item BCA - 2017.1275 - Dor Thomson's scrapbook from 1938 to 1946

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BCA - 2017.1275

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Dor Thomson's scrapbook from 1938 to 1946

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  • 1938-1946 (Creation)

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pdf of 67 pages of articles, letters and photos

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This is a wonderful collection of memorabilia that was kept by Dor Thomson and covers the period just before WWII broke out, through the war and a short period after it. It gives a truly fascinating idea of what it was like to be a woman during WWII. It starts with a letter from a friend which clearly shows the gathering anxiety that war was to break out. There's an interesting article about the Women's Land Army still battling to feed the nation even after the war ended; some interesting Christmas cards, both the pictures and the written text; an article from The Times February 3rd 1941 with the caption 'Portsmouth undismayed by raid havoc' which makes a very interesting read. Another cutting from the special correspondent in Sofia is captioned 'Peasants defy iron guard. Saved 1,000 Jews from Death' but also includes the news that 1,400 civilians were slaughtered in Roumania. There are many letters, all very interesting. Leave passes, leave or duty ration card, National Registration Identity Card. The Soldier's Service and Pay Book which amongst other things includes a form which can be filled in to write a will. Ration books and the pages which remained inside. Rations for motor spirit. A lovely poem called 'A Clothing Lament.' Official invitation to a Slindon Welcome Home Dinner in Dor's honour November 21st 1946. A newspaper article about the problems of flying at the speed of sound. A newspaper ad by The Board and Guardians and Trustees for The Relief of The Jewish Poor for a secretary to this board and the applicants must be Jewish. A newspaper article about the increase in the output of aeroplanes through the war time. A letter from the Ministry of Aircraft Production to Dor granting her release from National Service and August 31st 1945 will be her last day. A page of personal ads of items for sale and items wanted. There are photographs of Dor's medals and uniform badges.

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