The years following World War
Toy Gun -
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Edinburgh
Thank you to Frank Ferri
for sending this photo and his memories below about Edinburgh in the
when working on the Queen Mary, brought this
toy gun home from America for Brother Ian and
me, circa 1946.
With toy shortages in this country at
the time, they were quite unique and we were the envy of our pals."
"No caps were
required. Ammunition was a plain roll of
paper that you fitted into the front-loading
magazine, and away you went -
When the ammunition
ran out, we’d scrounge some rolls from tram conductors who used the rolls
for issuing fare tickets. They were
broader than required, but we’d laboriously cut
them down to size with a pair of scissors.
I found one of the guns in my mother's
loft as late as 1975, but it’s sadly gone astray again."
"My father’s regular
trips to New York afforded us many luxuries not available to most kids in
post war Britain, such as:
gum, chewing gum and sweets.
(today’s T-shirts) and
Ball point pen
(not long invented )and a watch."
Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Leith:
October 19, 2011