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Air Raid Precaution Sealing Tape

Period:
20th Century
Description:

Air Raid Precaution sealing tape, used to prevent light escaping.

 

Preparations for mass bombing began long before the war broke out. Guidance on blackout restrictions sent people out to buy thick curtains, blackout paint, cardboard, brown paper, glue and drawing pins - all to blot out the least glimmer of light from windows in case it should help enemy bombers find their target.

 

The real blackout began on the night of 1st September 1939, when all streetlights were turned off and cars crawled along roads with their headlights turned off. The results were worrying. Pedestrians tripped over kerbstones or crashed into one another on the pavement. The number of road accidents soared, and the total killed on the roads almost doubled.

 

This tape was used by Mr Hugh Martin during his duties as Chief Air Raid Precautions Warden for Dumfries.

Materials/Media:
tin, paper
Dimensions:
diameter 140mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1996.12.15
Digital Number:
DMDM108a, DMDM108b
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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