This is an excellent activity pack for those with an interest in the essential role that women had during WW2 in the UK.
It is, however, a misnomer to offer this product as "a toy". Albeit replicas, the varied contents of the packs are a good Primary and Secondary source of evidence for those doing Women's Studies or as an aid to teaching wartime history at school level.
The pack contains recruitment brochures on "Life in the WRNS". A Women's Land Army members leaflet, showing wages, conditions and expectations. There are also recruitment materials for the ATS, which women from the ages of 17-43 were encouraged to join, many did, including my Mum.
Leaflets on life in the WAAF, an auxiliary force for women who supported the RAF. Other ephemera are a handwritten letter from a nurse, photographs, and perhaps the most poignant of all, a Red Area Pass for the Danger Area at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Chorley, Lancashire, where women made, filled and packed bombs and shells for use at the Front, a job that was dangerous in the extreme.
To round off the pack there is a copy of "Home Companion" a weekly magazine aimed at Women on the Home Front, which cost 2d, and is full of tips, adverts of the era and Make Do and Mend ideas, and a small book of wartime recipes with such questionable items as Mock Goose, or "Egg-less, Butter-less, Sugar-less, Milk-less Cake". Some twenty items in all which will give students a glimpse into the major part that women played in keeping the nation going, whilst the menfolk were away fighting.
It may be a good idea to laminate the paper materials if they are to be passed around. This product is ideal for schools, colleges or as memory-joggers for older folk who remember the war years, and it was for that reason I bought it. Well worth the price.
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