Post-War Years

The years following World War II

Toy Gun  -  1946

Super Nu-Matic toy gun from America, 1946

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Edinburgh



Thank you to Frank Ferri for sending this photo and his memories below about Edinburgh in the post-war years.

Frank wrote:

Toy Gun

"My father, when working on the Queen Mary, brought this toy gun home from America for Brother Ian and me, circa 1946.

Super Nu-Matic toy gun from America, 1946 ©

 With toy shortages in this country at the time, they were quite unique and we were the envy of our pals."


"No caps were required.  Ammunition was a plain roll of paper that you fitted into the front-loading magazine, and away you went - Bang, Bang.

When the ammunition ran out, we’d scrounge some rolls from tram conductors who used the rolls for issuing fare tickets.  They were broader than required, but we’d laboriously cut them down to size with a pair of scissors.

I found one of the guns in my mother's loft as late as 1975, but it’s sadly gone astray again."

Other Luxuries

"My father’s regular trips to New York afforded us many luxuries not available to most kids in post war Britain, such as:

-  Bubble gum, chewing gum and sweets.

Sloppy Joes (today’s T-shirts) and blue jeans.

American comics.

-  Ball point pen (not long invented )and a watch."

Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Leith:  October 19, 2011


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