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Air-raid warden using a stirrup pump and man ferrying a fresh bucket of water

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stirrup pump in use in WW2

Air-raid warden using a stirrup pump and man ferrying a fresh bucket of water. Note that the warden has to keep his foot on the pump to hold it in position as he pumps. Pumping was said to be extremely hard work.

   

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This website Join me in the 1900s is a contribution to the social history of everyday life in 20th century Britain from the early 1900s to about 1960, seen through personal recollections and illustrations, with the emphasis on what it was like to live in those times.