Here’s a little bit of vintage advertising for a rainy Tuesday afternoon.
I came across this post on BoingBoing where a user submitted scans for two WWI/II era documents. The first was his grandfathers’ WWII engineering journal, complete with illustrations (he was a phenomenal sketch artist), and then second was the first edition of a magazine produced INSIDE a WWI camp for English POWs in Germany. The whole piece is a great read, being both touching and funny(at times). Above all, it is definitely British…. really, really British. The thing that struck me first though were the advertisements found in the magazine. Posted above is the first page of ads, with my favorite being:
(To say nothing of shoes and clogs!)
Small repairs done! Very neat work. Small patches a specialty.
W.Chapman, Barrack 8, Loft S.”
“Try the RUSSIAN BARBER in Barrack 11.
All the Barrack likes him. You will like him too.”
You can view the rest of the magazine here. (Or on the original Flickr page here.) There is also an article, which gives a good background of Sol Geduld(the man who saved the magazine/was a prisoner) and how his grandson came across the documents. For even more information, there is an interesting book written by another Ruhleben prisoner that does a good job of describing the experience that Sol Geduld most likely went through. That can be found here.