Lockdown could be said to have some benefits. For example, it’s an opportunity to go through all that STUFF that has been waiting for some attention. While going through a box of papers belonging to my late mum, I came across an issue of Life and Work, dated November 1940 and price twopence. My mum had held onto it, as in those days, her church, Carfin Church of Scotland, adopted the practice of inserting a “Magazine Supplement” into every edition, and this one contained the notice of her marriage to my dad, David Dick Livingstone, on 12th October, 1940 (It should be noted that they were married for some time before I arrived on the scene..)
Given the date of publication, of course Life and Work contained references to War, but the interesting thing is the lack of emphasis upon it, with articles headed “The Tall Tenements – the Problem of the Single Room House” and “Sunday Returns to the Countryside”. Close to home, “Expanding Horizons” by the Rev. Geo. J. Jeffrey, B.D., of Sherbrooke Church, Glasgow, is an article on a conference that he had recently attended. A notable quote from this article, with reference to his experience in his new charge, was,
The Sundays loom up with devastating regularity and insatiable demand.
In those days, the cost of producing Life and Work must have been supported by advertising income, but some of the ads wouldn’t stand up to today’s level of scrutiny – for example, who would have thought that Peek Frean’s Crispbread would give you Ironclad Nerves? And the claims for Phyllosan Revitalizing, Rejuvenating Tablets have to be seen to be believed!