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Household Wants Indicator

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1981F98
Collection:Social History
Date:1930 - 1939

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Charles Letts & Co - View history


The owner of this household wants indicator would have flipped the tag next to a particular foodstuff that had run out to remind her to purchase some more when she next went shopping. Some of the products listed are no longer commonly used such as a bathbrick. This was made at Bridgwater from earth containing lime and used for cleaning polished metal. Isinglass is a whitish, semi-transparent and very pure form of gelatin which comes from the bladders of some freshwater fish. It was used for making jellies.

Presented by Mrs M Chance, 1981.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Medium:Enamelled tin.
Place of Origin:London, England

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Height:33.3 cm
Width:28.5 cm