Wartime squander bug sighted at Newquay Zoo

The squander bug, the British government’s wartime propaganda campaign cartoon figure has crept back from exile. All this talk of food waste encourages him (or her?) He or she might not be wearing swastikas anymore, more likely pound or dollar signs? (Insert own local currency figures here!)

Maybe we can frighten off the squander bug in his food waste form with a squirt of self-sufficiency from our wartime zoo keeper’s garden!

What could be better than a squirt from a recycled Stirrup Pump, used commonly after the war in zoos and home gardens for watering and bug or weed killing? Their original purpose was for ARP air raid precautions and  firefighting which is what they were issued to zoo keepers and householders for. Swords into ploughshares when used on the veg patch!

Our stirrup pump still works but we no longer pour water through its 70 year old insides. It belongs in our archive collection of wartime objects, along with the charming recycled ‘wartime reenactor’  bear (from the zoo’s lost property section) in his child evacuee’s case of handmade original wartime toys. The puzzle at the bottom of the suitcase is made from an old butter box by a wartime dad for his child. The squander bug doesn’t really belong in here!

Our recycled ‘wartime reenactor’  bear (from the zoo’s lost property section, Paddington style) doesn’t have a name yet. Any suggestions can be emailed to mark.norris@newquayzoo.org.uk in time for our next wartime garden weekend at the zoo, most likely in May 2010.

Wartime recycled handmade toys and a re-enactor bear haved got the squander bug surrounded - surrender! Objects from the Newquay Zoo wartime garden archive collection.

Wartime recycled handmade toys and a re-enactor bear have got the squander bug surrounded - surrender! Objects from the Newquay Zoo wartime garden archive collection.

Squander bug and original 1939 stirrup pump in Newquay Zoo's wartime zoo keeper's garden ( with lovely dwarf French beans 'safari' variety)

Squander bug and original 1939 stirrup pump in Newquay Zoo's wartime zoo keeper's garden ( with lovely dwarf French beans 'safari' variety)

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