Joined: 23 Nov 2007 Posts: 1767 Location: Lancashire
Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 4:08 pm Post subject:
I think the banner was promoting a vacination/immunisation campaign.
"Wear an Immunity Badge" and telling people it is safe to have the jabs.
I have found references to Immunity badges from Shrewsbury Hospitals for the mid to late 30s and of course there was no national health service then.
Maybe there was a big campaign around then, perhaps diptheria or smallpox.
What is the date of the vehicle reg and did you get Sheffield from the reg? _________________ Bristols should always come in pairs.
Joined: 12 Dec 2011 Posts: 45 Location: Surrey/Sussex border
Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 4:10 pm Post subject:
Found this here after turning up a few Google results for badges in the mid to late 1930's, but Penman's idea sounds more plausible!
"A badge like this was given to anyone who made a sizeable donation, say a shilling or more, and it showed that the wearer had already given generously. This made them immune from requests for further donations. Such badges are known for 1937, 1938 and 1939."
Joined: 19 Mar 2008 Posts: 303 Location: Kelvin Valley,Scotland
Posted: Sun May 27, 2012 10:11 am Post subject:
Is this not with regard to dosimiter badges to register exposure to radiation?
Safe & reliable doesn't really apply to the other suggestions. During my RAF service we had training using these badges to show how much radiation was present, supposedly under the safe limit although it may explain why I glow in the dark,cheers,JD. _________________ Use 'em or lose 'em.
1960 Ford Zephyr.
1968 Triumph 2000.
As per some of the previous posts, this parade is connected with fund raising for hospitals and very likely Sheffield in this case.
Prior to the creation of the National Health Service (1947/48) hospitals were sometimes built and funded by the wealthy. Operational costs depended on donations from people and business.
The "Immunity Badge" was usually an enameled lapel badge of varying design and bearing the name of a particular hospital. Badges were handed out in exchange for a "reasonable" donation, but I haven't yet found out what reasonable meant. The badge was intended to be worn as a symbol of pride as well as avoiding repeated requests for money.
There are a number of websites dedicated to the sale of lapel badges or "pins". some of which include "Immunity Badges" for several hospitals throughout the UK. I did find a collection dated 1931 through to 1937 for an Edinburgh Hospital.
By reversing the perspective facility on Adobe Photoshop, I was able to extract the words "Bedclothes" from the banner on the side of the lorry.
Another great example of Vehicle and Social History, something that Rick's website continues to provide.
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