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Lantern Slide - 'Our "Salute the Soldier" Week', 1944 Image Reg. No: MM 033881

Lantern slide promoting 'Salute the Soldier Week'. This campaign was held in Britain in 1944 to raise money for the war effort through events at the local level.

'Salute the Soldier Week' was held in Kingussie (a small town in highland Scotland) on June 17-24 1944 - this lantern slide was probably relating to that or a simultaneous event. The event raised £30,791 - more than twice the £15,000 sought - contributing to a successful campaign in the region. 'The Badenoch Record' of Saturday, July 1, 1944, reported that in the Highland Council Ward of Badenoch (in which Kingaussie is situated):

'Badenoch, at a close of a stirring week, learned with satisfaction that Inverness-shire's 'Salute the Soldier Week' raised £686,501. To overshoot its target of £400,000 by no less than £286,501, is a great credit on all concerned. The money, which will do all and more than was intended - equip a battalion of the Camerons for one year - is an excellent contribution to the national effort in maintaining a solid financial front.'
Glass lantern slide, square, printed in black, red and white. Slide has black edging.
Description Of Content:
Coloured drawing of soldiers carrying firearms and packs, and wearing helmets. They move towards image against red background. Above, black background punctured by white skyburst, inscribed with red font highlighted with black. Another text panel overlays image of soldiers. Heading at top in red.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 82 mm (Height), 82 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: world war ii 1939-1945, military history, lantern slides
Themes this item is part of: Francis Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: fundraising
Original Caption: Our "Salute the Soldier" Week
Format: Lantern Slide: Colour; Standard (3¼ in. x 3¼ in.)
Date Made: 1944
References: Information on 'Salute the Soldier Week' at Kingussie and Badenoch from Strathspey & Badenoch Herald web site, accessed 23 Feb 2010.

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