The City of Westminster on the London Blitz, 1936-1943 is arranged into three series: Series I. Company Promotional Materials, 1936, 1939-1941, 1943; Series II. Correspondence, 1940; and Series III. Ephemera, 1939-1940.
Series I. Company Promotional Materials, 1936, 1939-1941, 1943, constitutes the bulk of this collection. The materials consist of items such as pamphlets, posters, brochures, catalogs and blueprints sent to the City Engineer & Surveyor of Westminster from various British manufacturing companies. They advertise glass-related items adhering to the new Air Raid Precautions (ARP) requirements for war-time lighting and window installation. Specific objects marketed include tools to obscure light, portable electric lanterns with special glass, luminescent directional signs, traffic mirrors and special glass paint and sealer to render windows shatter proof.
Series II. Correspondence, 1940, contains letters and memos written by Westminster’s City Engineer & Surveyor, the Director of Public Cleansing and the Town Clerk regarding the removal of light and glass debris from the streets.
Series III. Ephemera, 1939-1940, includes a pamphlet on general war-time lighting restrictions, a reprint from the “Daily Mirror” and the original folder in which the collection was contained.
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