Blackout curtains

2/11d per yard

By Susan Hall

The following advert appeared in The Welwyn Times on Thursday 7 September 1939, just after war was decleared,

Cresta Howardsgate

Have a limited quantity of heavy black velvet, absolutely light proof, for curtains 31″ wide for sale at 2s. 11d per yard. Estimates given for making up the curtains.


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  • You were a baby. How do you remember?

    By Sara (31/12/2020)
  • We used blackout curtains in Furzfield as I was born in 1940. My dad Arthur Grice was a air raid warden & he had to go all round the houses on his bike to see if everyone had put them up properly. If there was any light showing through he would knock on their door to make an adjustment. Has anyone got any more photos of Murphy Radio as my Dad worked there, I would love to see them. They held parties for the kids & I remember my sister Sheila used to go to them & go to the sports day in Handside playing field.

    By Beryl Scott (nee Grice) (21/11/2013)