Resurrection time again. In 2013 Detectorist Steve Halward sent me pictures of a most unusual find unearthed on a site that used to be an RAF rubbish dump. Although it isn’t all that old, the artefact is fascinating, especially with its history gleaned from the September 1946 edition of Flight magazine – the ‘official organ’ of the Royal Aero Club.
A contributor to the Correspondence columns tells us that aluminium souvenir ‘tickets’ made were from gliders and distributed for the premiere of Theirs is the Glory, a British film about the Battle of Arnhem. The programmes for the 1946 production were made from parachute silk on which particulars about the premiere were printed. Steve says, “Not everything needs to be centuries old to be of interest!”
The film, a Rank production was a resounding success at the box office and the Earl Mountbatten subsequently received a cheque for £50,000 for the Airborne Services Security Fund. The film was the “Help for Heroes’ of its day. The premier was held on the second anniversary of the original battle and attended by the Prime Minister, Clement Atlee.
If you happen to find one of these aluminium tickets on your next dig, don’t assume that it is similar to the one found by Steve, because in 2006 the film was re-released on DVD and aluminium tickets were once again produced, only this time they weren’t recycled from old gliders!
The letter below is courtesy of Flight magazine, September 1946.
Did You Know?
A variety of countries, including France, Italy, Poland, Finland, Romania, Israel, and the former Yugoslavia, have issued coins struck in aluminium or aluminium-copper alloys. Here’s one example from Italy.