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Background imageWardens Collection: Female Traffic Warden

Female Traffic Warden
A female traffic warden in Chelsea, London, issuing a parking ticket to an unfortunate motorist. Date: late 1960s

Background imageWardens Collection: Traffic Warden

Traffic Warden
A London traffic warden issuing a parking ticket to a hapless motorist. Not a popular profession. Date: 1980

Background imageWardens Collection: The Great Train Robbery- commando raid frees train robber

The Great Train Robbery- commando raid frees train robber
Front page of The Illustrated London News reporting on the latest episode in the Great Train Robbery saga. As Ronald Biggs clambers with there other prisoners over Wandsworth Gaol wall

Background imageWardens Collection: A. R. P. March Music Cover

A. R. P. March Music Cover
An illustrated WW2 music sheet cover for A. R. P. March, composed by C. Gildersleeve. The image portrays some Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence wardens. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageWardens Collection: WW2 Valentines Card, Warden Love Birds

WW2 Valentines Card, Warden Love Birds
A WW2 Valentines greetings card, the illustration shows a pair of love birds wearing warden's helmets, perched on a branch, a nest labelled A. I. Post is visible on the right. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageWardens Collection: WW2 Christmas Card, Take Cover

WW2 Christmas Card, Take Cover
A WW2 Christmas greetings card complete with a red ribbon, the illustration shows a worried terrier taking cover under a warden's hat and satchel. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageWardens Collection: WW2 Greetings Card, Gas Rattle

WW2 Greetings Card, Gas Rattle
A WW2 greetings card, Don't get rattled! The image simply shows a gas rattle, issued to air raid wardens to warn of forthcoming gas attacks. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageWardens Collection: WW2 A. R. P. Wardens

WW2 A. R. P. Wardens
An illustration which shows a pair of British Air Raid Protection wardens at their post, they were responsible for helping civilians during an air raid

Background imageWardens Collection: Worshipful Company of Vintners, City of London

Worshipful Company of Vintners, City of London
Worshipful Company of Vintners, livery company of the City of London Date: 18th century

Background imageWardens Collection: You Can't Be Too Careful!

You Can't Be Too Careful!
Cartoon showing an over-enthusiastic ARP warden at a pantomime. He appears to be indulging in some unexpected audience participation. Date: 1940

Background imageWardens Collection: Put out those dress shirts

Put out those dress shirts
Cartoon by Mel highlighting the risks run by gentlemen in immaculate eveningwear during the Blitz. Date: 1939

Background imageWardens Collection: Troops aiding Civil Defence Wardens with salvage work

Troops aiding Civil Defence Wardens with salvage work
Troops co-operating with Civil Defence Wardens in salvage work. Date: circa 1941

Background imageWardens Collection: An Ambulance with Wardens helping in an emergency

An Ambulance with Wardens helping in an emergency. Date: circa 1941

Background imageWardens Collection: A member of the Wardens Service fitting a gas mask

A member of the Wardens Service fitting a gas mask
Shorlty after the Munich Agreement, a member of the Wardens Service (and his assistant - far right) - not yet issued with their uniforms - fit gas masks in the living room of a family in Sunderland

Background imageWardens Collection: ARP Warden in uniform, September 1939

ARP Warden in uniform, September 1939
An ARP warden wearing anti-gas clothing, knee-high impermeable boots and a metal helmet. This warden was in charge of the protection of a hotel in London. Date: 1939

Background imageWardens Collection: Air raid precautions at Westminster Abbey, September 1939

Air raid precautions at Westminster Abbey, September 1939
Selection of pictures detailing the precautions in place for the protection of Westminster Abbey during the war. This included; a fire squad to patrol the cloisters

Background imageWardens Collection: Female and male warden conferring in street, Sept 1939

Female and male warden conferring in street, Sept 1939
Female warden in a steel helmet reading over the latest regulations with another warden, holding a helmet, in the middle of a busy Westminster street

Background imageWardens Collection: Steel helmets ready to be packed in factory, September 1939

Steel helmets ready to be packed in factory, September 1939
London factory workers stand behind rows of steel helmets, laid out to be packed for dispatch and issued to air-raid wardens as part of the preparations for war

Background imageWardens Collection: Greyfriars Friary Chapel Canterbury, Kent, England

Greyfriars Friary Chapel Canterbury, Kent, England
circa 1910s

Background imageWardens Collection: Show girl to ARP warden, 1939

Show girl to ARP warden, 1939
Miss Judy McCrea, a show girl at the Windmill Theatre, London fulfilling her other role as an air raid warden in Paddington in October 1939. Date: 1939

Background imageWardens Collection: Old Bill and Co by Bruce Bairnsfather

Old Bill and Co by Bruce Bairnsfather
An ARP warden stands on a rooftop during a very lively air raid and looks down a chimney pot with his binoculars telling those hiding inside, I said, I reckon its time you went to the shelter. 1940

Background imageWardens Collection: Myanmar - Yangon - Rangoon Jail

Myanmar - Yangon - Rangoon Jail. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageWardens Collection: Queen Elizabeth with Superintendent Peto, WW2

Queen Elizabeth with Superintendent Peto, WW2
Queen Elizabeth accompanied by Superintendent D.O.G. Peto of the Metropolitan Police, taking part in a visit to Pembridge Hall Section House during the Second World War

Background imageWardens Collection: WW2 Christmas card, air raid wardens on bicycles

WW2 Christmas card, air raid wardens on bicycles
WW2 Christmas card, two air raid wardens on bicycles. Date: circa 1942

Background imageWardens Collection: Group photo, Air Raid Wardens, WW2

Group photo, Air Raid Wardens, WW2
Group photo, Air Raid Wardens in Tasburgh Street, Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Date: circa 1941-1943

Background imageWardens Collection: WW2 Christmas card, dog in wardens helmet

WW2 Christmas card, dog in wardens helmet
WW2 Christmas card, dog in an air raid wardens tin helmet. Date: 1941

Background imageWardens Collection: Taking a snow depth measurement - boreal forest

Taking a snow depth measurement - boreal forest after a heavy snowfall. Wildlife reserve Denezhkin Kamen - North Ural Mountains - Russia

Background imageWardens Collection: Ranger with binoculars - watching for Kopet Dag Arkal sheep

Ranger with binoculars - watching for Kopet Dag Arkal sheep. slopes of Kopetdag mountains - Turkmenistan. April - spring

Background imageWardens Collection: An air raid warden for Kingston

An air raid warden for Kingston setting the blackout time for the day. London

Background imageWardens Collection: Japan - Tenjin bashi (Bridge) Osaka

Japan - Tenjin bashi (Bridge) Osaka. Date: circa 1906

Background imageWardens Collection: Scouts as ARP wardens

Scouts as ARP wardens practising chemical warfare treatment during the Second World War. circa 1940

Background imageWardens Collection: Royal visit to County Hall Civil Defence workers, WW2

Royal visit to County Hall Civil Defence workers, WW2
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth visiting Londons Civil Defence organisations, including the London Fire Brigade (then incorporated into the National Fire Service)

Background imageWardens Collection: All Clear by Helen McKie - ARP wardens on bicycles

All Clear by Helen McKie - ARP wardens on bicycles
Jolly illustration by Helen McKie showing a rather lecherous looking older male Air Raid Patrol warden cycling alongside a young, pretty female colleague. Date: c.1940

Background imageWardens Collection: Traffic Warden 1960S

Traffic Warden 1960S
An irate old lady gesticulates in frustration at a traffic warden, aggrieved at the parking fine he has just given her. A man takes a sneaky peek at them! Date: 1960s

Background imageWardens Collection: Incendiary by W. Heath Robinson

Incendiary by W. Heath Robinson
Sequential cartoon by Heath Robinson showing some rather over exuberant ARP wardens spraying a hose into the window of a house where they see smoke

Background imageWardens Collection: Chatham Prison Riots - The Mess-house

Chatham Prison Riots - The Mess-house
The Mess-house at St Marys Convict Prison, Chatham - where a riot broke out in early March 1861

Background imageWardens Collection: Chatham Prison Riots - The Convicts at Labour

Chatham Prison Riots - The Convicts at Labour
Convicts at labour breaking rocks at St Marys Convict Prison, Chatham. A serious riot broke out here amongst the inmates in early March 1861, which had to be forcibly put down by the military

Background imageWardens Collection: Chatham Prison Riots - Interior of the Prison

Chatham Prison Riots - Interior of the Prison
The interior of St Marys Convict Prsion at Chatham, scene of riots amongst inmates in March 1861

Background imageWardens Collection: King and Queen with ARP wardens in London

King and Queen with ARP wardens in London
King George VI together with Queen Elizabeth chatting with Air Raid Patrol wardens and inspecting bomb damage in South West London during the Blitz, 1940

Background imageWardens Collection: Beefeaters at the Tower of London

Beefeaters at the Tower of London
Beefeaters, guardians of the Tower of London, line up in full uniform as they are greeted by military officers

Background imageWardens Collection: Gas Masks Fitted 1938

Gas Masks Fitted 1938
Two wardens for the Air Raid Precaution Scheme fitting children with gas masks during a house to house visit in Beckenham, Kent


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