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Background imageHomefront Collection: Christmas parcels for the trenches 1916

Christmas parcels for the trenches 1916
Army Post Office in Regents Park, was receiving a rate of half a million parcels for Christmas a day for the soldiers in the trenches

Background imageHomefront Collection: Shardeloes country house during wartime

Shardeloes country house during wartime
Scenes from a country house, Shardeloes, in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, during World War II. The house was used as a maternity home for evacuee mothers, offered as it was by the owners

Background imageHomefront Collection: Woman sewing

Woman sewing
Woman sitting down sewing. Date: 1917

Background imageHomefront Collection: William Heath Robinson drawing showing soldiers unaware of the camouflaged famous Stonehenge

William Heath Robinson drawing showing soldiers unaware of the camouflaged famous Stonehenge moving around in Wiltshire. Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: Women as electricians WWI

Women as electricians WWI
Women in London electric station. During World War One there seemed to be no limit to the number of civilian occupations that women showed themselves cabable of replacing men

Background imageHomefront Collection: A Family emerging from the Anderson Shelter

A Family emerging from the Anderson Shelter. Date: circa 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: Artist Norman Keene replicating the original drawings done by William Heath Robinson on boarded up

Artist Norman Keene replicating the original drawings done by William Heath Robinson on boarded up shop fronts in London. Heath Robinson designed pictures to illustrate the particular merchandise

Background imageHomefront Collection: Auxiliary Territorial Service using search lights at night to spot on coming aircraft. Date: 1943

Auxiliary Territorial Service using search lights at night to spot on coming aircraft. Date: 1943

Background imageHomefront Collection: Moving Famous London Statues to Safety 1941

Moving Famous London Statues to Safety 1941
The Burghers of Calais by Augustave Robin, in Victoria Gardens, Westminster being moved to a place of safety. As a precaution against possible bombing precious art

Background imageHomefront Collection: Mrs Robert Hudson wife of Minister of Agriculture and member of the Women's Voluntary Service

Mrs Robert Hudson wife of Minister of Agriculture and member of the Women's Voluntary Service, in East End, London. Giving out hundreds of articles of clothing

Background imageHomefront Collection: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting the East End of London, which suffered fierce bombing

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting the East End of London, which suffered fierce bombing. They walked over debris examined the damage

Background imageHomefront Collection: Londoners sleeping in the Underground during the Blitz

Londoners sleeping in the Underground during the Blitz
German bombing campaign against Britain between September 1940 and May 1941 mainly targeting London and industrial places

Background imageHomefront Collection: Local Defence Volunteer Force 1940

Local Defence Volunteer Force 1940
Local defence volunteer force turns out to defend towns and villages if German attempt to parachute in Britain. Volunteers wearing two-piece khaki uniforms

Background imageHomefront Collection: The Whole Art of Anti-Dive-Bomber Camouflage

The Whole Art of Anti-Dive-Bomber Camouflage
British military tanks and soldiers in disguise as civilians, so when seen from above the bombers don't attack. Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: The Roof Raising Defence to Defeat Dive-Bombers

The Roof Raising Defence to Defeat Dive-Bombers
Latest device drawn by William Heath Robinson to defeat the dive bombers is a roof-raising by system of cogs, balloons and other lifting machinery. Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: Camouflage v Camouflage During Invasion Practice

Camouflage v Camouflage During Invasion Practice
William Heath Robinson has come up with a solution to save on man-power in the East Coast of England. Revolving helmets being paraded around on a primitive pulley system with the locals clapping

Background imageHomefront Collection: Camouflaging the Colonel's Breakfast

Camouflaging the Colonel's Breakfast
Under elaborate cover the regimental cooks get to work, invisible from the air by a table of cabbages. Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: Invasion Bells and the Fifth Column

Invasion Bells and the Fifth Column
A suggestion that a Gang of Spies could attempt to disguise themselves as innocent country folk and succeed in stopping the ringing of the church bells used in warning of attempted invasion

Background imageHomefront Collection: Camouflaged civilians, home guards and dogs in a London park hiding from the enemy above. Date: 1941

Camouflaged civilians, home guards and dogs in a London park hiding from the enemy above. Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: Suggestion by William Heath Robinson for defence of London, a spinning platform land with

Suggestion by William Heath Robinson for defence of London, a spinning platform land with camouflaged anti-aircraft guns. Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: Defence during the summer months from the beach, home guards hiding with their gun ready. Date: 1941

Defence during the summer months from the beach, home guards hiding with their gun ready. Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: Trying to carry on as usual! Tennis players camouflaged from above in case of invasion. Date: 1941

Trying to carry on as usual! Tennis players camouflaged from above in case of invasion. Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: German soldiers spotting buildings far in the distance, not realising that it's a setup consisting

German soldiers spotting buildings far in the distance, not realising that it's a setup consisting of a miniature country town coursing the perspective to be all wrong. Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: As a precaution against possible bombing precious art, relics, sculptures

As a precaution against possible bombing precious art, relics, sculptures and memorials where moved out of London to a secret place. This was given to the Nation by the National Art Collections Fund

Background imageHomefront Collection: Couples ingenious device so they don't wake up the baby. A makeshift pump that extinguishes

Couples ingenious device so they don't wake up the baby. A makeshift pump that extinguishes incendiary bombs that have landed in your home without leaving the comfort of your bed. Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: How to Make Roof-Spotting a Pleasure

How to Make Roof-Spotting a Pleasure
William Heath Robinson invention for keeping watch from attack. A warden perched up high above the streets with an umbrella for protection, tea-cup-holder and an easy chair. Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: The New Top-Flat Rescue Apparatus in Action

The New Top-Flat Rescue Apparatus in Action
Apparatus for rescuing people from high buildings that have been damaged from heavy bombing. Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: From Bedroom to Shelter in One

From Bedroom to Shelter in One
Kind warden sets the machine in motion to allow people to sleep through a air-raid. Swinging from bedroom to living room to shelter without waking. Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: British soldiers had landed in Italy by parachute, here is an illustration by William Heath

British soldiers had landed in Italy by parachute, here is an illustration by William Heath Robinson showing how they returned! Date: 1941

Background imageHomefront Collection: The Home Front by Frank Reynolds

The Home Front by Frank Reynolds
All clear, dear! Mothers gone, Date: 1940

Background imageHomefront Collection: A Warm Welcome for Every Parachutist

A Warm Welcome for Every Parachutist
Sixth column strategy: Foresight plans, if London gets invaded by landing Germans dropping from the skies dressed as British civilians they would be collected up by cyclist with tubs of hot boiling

Background imageHomefront Collection: Frustrating an Attempt to Disorganise London

Frustrating an Attempt to Disorganise London
Sixth column strategy: Disguised as Gothic pinnacles the famous clock, Big Ben is being altered by an odd contraption, to confuse the general public. Date: 1940

Background imageHomefront Collection: Rational Gadgets For Your Coupons by William Heath Robinson

Rational Gadgets For Your Coupons by William Heath Robinson
Customers are put on scales to determine how much butter they are entitled to, the heavier the person is, the more butter they are given. Date: 1940

Background imageHomefront Collection: Uncrossing the Crosses on a Hot + Bun

Uncrossing the Crosses on a Hot + Bun
A contraption for removing the cross on a hot cross bun left over from Easter. Date: 1922

Background imageHomefront Collection: The Bystander - keeps pace with the times

The Bystander - keeps pace with the times
What we may soon see if the present shortage of paper grows even more insistent. Date: 1917

Background imageHomefront Collection: Are we uprooted? No! by G. L Stampa

Are we uprooted? No! by G. L Stampa
Are we uprooted? No! Despite the fact that a three storey house has had a huge explosion near by and shrapnel has pierced through their home

Background imageHomefront Collection: Papa to shopwalker: Oh er -I wanta Noahs Ark. Date: 1914

Papa to shopwalker: Oh er -I wanta Noahs Ark. Date: 1914

Background imageHomefront Collection: He: 'I seed some of these ere Belguims to-day. They re a funny speakin people

He: "I seed some of these ere Belguims to-day. They re a funny speakin people
He: " I seed some of these ere Belguims to-day. They re a funny speakin people; some on em yer can t understand what thay say." Date: 1914

Background imageHomefront Collection: Artist Paints Scenes Amidst the Ruins 1940

Artist Paints Scenes Amidst the Ruins 1940
Mr. Rudolf Haybrook who designed dresses and scenery for the Gaiety Theatre before World War Two, was given special permission to capture the scenes of West End in London in a blaze during the Blitz

Background imageHomefront Collection: Brightening up the London Peepshow windows

Brightening up the London Peepshow windows
It was suggested that artist of repute should be invited by West End shopkeepers to design distinctive decorations on surrounding shop windows, during the Blitz

Background imageHomefront Collection: A Game of darts - Civil Defence Workers recreation

A Game of darts - Civil Defence Workers recreation. Date: circa 1942

Background imageHomefront Collection: Evacuees in the grounds of their Hostel

Evacuees in the grounds of their Hostel. Date: circa 1942

Background imageHomefront Collection: A Tactical Table made by Men of the Auxiliary Fire Service

A Tactical Table made by Men of the Auxiliary Fire Service (A.F.S.). Date: circa 1942

Background imageHomefront Collection: Making Toys at a Fire Station

Making Toys at a Fire Station. Date: circa 1942

Background imageHomefront Collection: A Civil Defence Artists Exhibition

A Civil Defence Artists Exhibition. Date: circa 1942

Background imageHomefront Collection: Paddles for Rescue Dinghies made by River Fire Service Men

Paddles for Rescue Dinghies made by River Fire Service Men
Paddles for Rescue Dinghies made by the River Fire Service Men. Date: circa 1942

Background imageHomefront Collection: Tea at a Mobile Unit of the Fire Service

Tea at a Mobile Unit of the Fire Service. Date: circa 1942

Background imageHomefront Collection: Gardening at a Depot

Gardening at a Depot. Date: circa 1942



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