Light switches looted from Emmanuel Church Vicarage, Clive Road, West Norwood by Gerald Wells during the Second World War. Gerald, of South Norwood, was obsessed with electricity. His middle class family didn't approve. They didn't want their son to be a workman. He began by "rescuing" electrical fittings from bombed buildings when he was 12. When he graduated to stripping a newly built air raid shelter on Downsview Road, he was caught and sentenced to approved school. He robbed the vicarage to get a good stock of fittings for when he came out. Fortunately, a sympathetic headmaster at the approved school made Gerald mend radios while he was there. He later became a radio and television engineer and now runs the Vintage Wireless Museum in Dulwich.
whole: 90 x 75 x 85 mm; whole: 66 x 54 x 22 mm
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