It’s always fun to find something history related that you don’t know anything or much about-at least it is for me!
Such was the case when my wife and visited an antique mall in Tomah, Wisconsin.
One vendor had a massive amount of paper products, mostly old magazines and ads. One bin was marked “military” so I headed for it right away.
It was shallow bin with not much of interest except for the item on the bottom. It was the December 4th, 1943 edition of a magazine called Picture Post, a magazine I’d never heard of.
The reason I’d never heard of it is because it was a UK magazine that ran from 1938-57. It was compared favorably to America’s Life Magazine.
The beat up copy I obtained caught my eye because the cover featured a woman in a military uniform saluting. As it turns out the feature article is about the A.T.S. another term I did not have a clue about.
A.T.S stands for Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women’s branch of the British (and Commonwealth) armies of WW2. The feature article was a three-page picture spread titled, West Indian Girls Join the A.T.S. West Indian refers to Britain’s possessions in the South Caribbean area, notably the Island of Trinidad. The article makes much of the fact that the A.T.S did not have a “color bar” and the West Indian girls were not to be segregated but would enjoy full equality with the whites.
The photographs show the girls enjoying their new jobs (mostly clerical) and sight-seeing in London. The magazine is an interesting glimpse into wartime Britain and has a number of interesting articles and advertisements. I will, no doubt post a follow-up with details. The magazine was a great find and cost me only a $1.06!
- British Women and the War Effort 1939-45 (tessmevah.wordpress.com)