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Dog. Licking. Good.

A comment was just added on to our Social Interpretation kiosk, against the Gravy Browning box in the A Family in Wartime exhibition.

In answer to the prompt:

How important is it for you to be fashionable during a time of shortages and cutbacks?  During the Second World War there were many shortages, including clothes and make-up Women needed to be very inventive in finding alternatives to remain in fashion. Along with other ‘Make Do and Mend’ ideas, women used gravy powder to stain their legs to look as though they were wearing stockings.

 The comment reads:

“I think it’s a waste of gravy. And you could have dogs around your legs licking.”

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