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TITLE
Cosmetic shortages in Helmsdale during the war
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_HELMSDALE_05
PLACENAME
Helmsdale
DISTRICT
Kildonan, Loth and Clyne
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Kildonan
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2005
KEYWORDS
Second World War
radar stations
rations
rationing
audio

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Helmsdale is a village on the east coast of Sutherland. During World War II the R.A.F. built a radar station at Crakaig, in the parish of Loth, a few miles southwest of Helmsdale. There was another radar station at Navidale, about one mile northeast of Helmsdale. In this audio extract a Helmsdale resident recalls how luxuries, such as make-up, were in short supply during the war.

'Make-up? Oh Lord, we used to queue up at the chemist shop and every so often, maybe once a month or that, they would get lipstick and face powder, and 'California Poppy' and that 'Evening in Paris' perfume, I think it was. So you queued up, and I think you got one lipstick, and you'll get some Ponds powder. Course, if you had a few brothers in the forces, I had three, they were quite good at bringing the perfume'

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Cosmetic shortages in Helmsdale during the war

SUTHERLAND: Kildonan

1980s

Second World War; radar stations; rations; rationing; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Helmsdale Memories

Helmsdale is a village on the east coast of Sutherland. During World War II the R.A.F. built a radar station at Crakaig, in the parish of Loth, a few miles southwest of Helmsdale. There was another radar station at Navidale, about one mile northeast of Helmsdale. In this audio extract a Helmsdale resident recalls how luxuries, such as make-up, were in short supply during the war.<br /> <br /> 'Make-up? Oh Lord, we used to queue up at the chemist shop and every so often, maybe once a month or that, they would get lipstick and face powder, and 'California Poppy' and that 'Evening in Paris' perfume, I think it was. So you queued up, and I think you got one lipstick, and you'll get some Ponds powder. Course, if you had a few brothers in the forces, I had three, they were quite good at bringing the perfume'