A few ‘Stocking fillers’ for your loved ones, work colleagues or local village boys serving in the trenches:
Pages of adverts from wartime magazines in my collection such as The War Budget or Chambers Journal give a small glimpse into how civilian families on the Home Front maintained their links with their family or employees in the trenches or fighting fronts around the world.
Buying or making ‘Comforts’ for soldiers or sailors gave a reassuring message from home. It was also one way in which civilians had a glimpse of what life was supposedly like in the trenches.
The need for home-grown food as a patriotic and practical gesture to reduce Britain’s reliance on imported shipped goods from all over the world and the Empire is reflected in the ‘Spades are Trumps’ advert about allotments.
Posted from mostly 1917 original magazines in his own collection by Mark Norris on behalf of the World War Zoo Gardens Collection, Newquay Zoo