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Old 10th Jan 2017, 5:01 pm   #1
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On the antiques roadshow broadcast on Sunday 8th January, somebody brought a sketch depicting a WWII wireless operator. I wonder if anyone saw this and managed to record, screen capture. I can't now watch catchup on BBCiplayer as I dumped my TV licence when it went digital.
Does anyone know of other artists showing wireless related wartime activities?
I found a reference to Gladys Reed, who made some wonderful sketches:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault...ring_wwii.html

I find these more evocative than photographs.
My interest being that my mother was an OWL, in the ATS (Operator Wireless and Line).
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Old 10th Jan 2017, 5:34 pm   #2
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I'm more interested in the artwork used in advertising for radios/components: here's a photo [cribbed from 'The Setmakers'] of an end-of-WWII ad for Osram valves - the jaunty headphone-wearing Naval WT op appears to be stationed in front of a couple of stylised Marconi CR100/B28 receivers.

Which is only appropriate since Osram valves were then part of the Marconi stable.
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 10:07 am   #3
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Regret did not record Antiques Roadshow, but did see it. What I found interesting was despite the paucity of technical detail within the sketch, the censor had not passed it. Now I suspect that the censor in this case was not an official censor, merely the artist's CO. The big blue cross across the whole sketch might suggest that the CO simply did not like the artist, or disapproved of unofficial/extracurricular art. Note the sketch was neither destroyed nor simply squirrelled into secure archive never to be seen again! Its very existence in private hands suggests there is a back-story that we don't know about.
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Couple of screen grabs for you:-
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 12:33 pm   #5
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Ah maybe the censor was twitchy about the writing at the bottom (which i couldn't quite read)
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That is really interesting. I was at my Mum's, and her response was 'that looks like a Canadian 9'. Looking at the information I have though, I don't think it was, unless the artist was just not bothered about accuracy. Does anyone know what the equipment was?
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Unfortunately, none of the video had a clear shot of the text at the bottom.

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I did pause the video on iPlayer and there was some comment about the "Nuffield set". I seem to remember hearing something about this but can't find anything using Google. Anyone help?
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Keith, I had a little google (actually a Duck Duck Go) and found this reference - perhaps a Nuffield set was simply one donated by the Nuffield Trust?
http://www.nuffieldtrust.org/fifty.htm
' In war-time, one of the first things the Trust did was to distribute thousands of radio sets to the British Expeditionary Force. Later thousands more were sent to ships at sea and isolated A.A. sites and barrage balloon units at home'.
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From the sheer size and the depiction of the handles, I wonder if it is supposed to represent a DST100 (with a large amount of artistic licence!).
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