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  • OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7438

    A female worker tears large pieces of salvage clothing into strips on a mesh-topped tray table workbench in the warehouse of this salvage depot, somewhere in Britain. Beside her can be seen the large shears she uses to cut the fabric.

  • OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7451

    Workers pack blended shoddy and new wool into a large sack for transport to the carding mills. Once carded, this shoddy and wool mixture will be spun into threads and eventually woven into new woollen cloth.

  • THEY LEARN TO BE LUMBERJILLS: WOMEN'S LAND ARMY FORESTRY TRAINING, CULFORD, SUFFOLK, 1943

    THEY LEARN TO BE LUMBERJILLS: WOMEN'S LAND ARMY FORESTRY TRAINING, CULFORD, SUFFOLK, 1943

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 14095

    An aerial view of the WLA training camp at Culford, showing a group of Land Girls leaving the camp at 8am to make their way to the forestry site. The dormitories, bath hut, canteen and recreation room can be seen.

  • THEY LEARN TO BE LUMBERJILLS: WOMEN'S LAND ARMY FORESTRY TRAINING, CULFORD, SUFFOLK, 1943

    THEY LEARN TO BE LUMBERJILLS: WOMEN'S LAND ARMY FORESTRY TRAINING, CULFORD, SUFFOLK, 1943

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 14099

    Land Girls use a double saw to cut down a tree as part of their training at the WLA camp in Culford. According to the original caption, the tree was nicked with an axe on the opposite side before sawing began and so will fall away from them.

  • OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7447

    A textile worker rakes newly-made 'shoddy' out of the "blow 'ole" (the receiving chamber of the rag grinding machine) at this factory somewhere in Britain. The shoddy will be combined with new wool to produce new cloth.

  • OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7453

    This is a carding machine which mixes and brushes woollen fibres over increasingly fine roller brushes until it ends up as 'slivver', a web of fine wool. This 'slivver' is then spun into woollen thread.

  • OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7443

    Two workers prepare cleaned and carbonised rags for shredding, prior to transfer to the 'shoddy' mill.

  • OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7440

    A worker at this textile mill removes rags from the carbonising machine. The carbonising process destroys any non-wool fibres in shredded salvaged material, so that the rags can become 'shoddy' and be used to produce new woollen garments.

  • OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    OLD RAGS INTO NEW CLOTH: SALVAGE IN BRITAIN, APRIL 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7434

    A worker loads the shaking machine at a salvage depot, somewhere in Britain. This machine shakes the dust out of the items of salvaged clothing, the first stage in the process of turning old cloth into new cloth.

  • FIGHTER SEACRAFT: MOTOR TORPEDO BOATS, ENGLAND, UK, 1943

    FIGHTER SEACRAFT: MOTOR TORPEDO BOATS, ENGLAND, UK, 1943

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 12504

    Members of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) prepare sandwiches and flasks of coffee in the kitchen at a British naval base, probably at Felixstowe, for crews of Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs) about to begin operations in the English Channel.

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