A lovely piece of political memorabilia - a Labour Party membership card from 1945, the year the first majority Labour government was returned to power.
1945 was huge! In the general election of July that year - just two months after the allied victory in Europe and a few weeks before Japan surrendered - Labour took almost 48% of the vote and won 393 seats (out of 630).
Only once before (in 1929) had Labour taken more than 200 seats in the Commons. Labour's 1945 share of the vote was only superseded, and then marginally, in 1951 (when the Conservatives won but with fewer votes) and in 1966. In the Blair years, Labour won more seats than in 1945 but with a smaller share of the vote.
Clement Attlee's government was arguably the most radical that Britain has ever seen, introducing the National Health Service, nationalising the coal mines, establishing British Railways and taking the biggest single step in the dismantling of Empire by granting independence to India.
It's difficult to judge Mrs Plumb's attitude to all this. According to her 1945 membership card, she seems only to have paid one quarterly membership sub of 1s 6d, that's 7.5 pence.
I don't know why there were separate membership cards for women. Perhaps they had a lower subscription rate? The design featuring a woman wearing a Labour sash was common to men's and women's cards and had been in use from at least the late 1930s.
Labour had about half-a-million individual card-carrying members in 1945 - not counting members of affiliated trades unions and societies.
A disc that dates back even before 'Top of the Pops' - and I can't imagine it was ever a bestseller. But I was very happy to pick it up for £2 at Noel Lynch's treasure of a bric-a-brac shop, The Green Room, on Archway Road. (He also has a slightly obscene Margaret Thatcher 'nutcracker' - it's in the widnow, and a snip at £14 and a few therapy sessions).
It was so cheap because although this 78rpm disc is in one piece, it's so scratched and cracked as to be unplayable.
The record's from the 1929 election campaign - which resulted in a minority Labour government. Ramsay Macdonald has already had a brief spell in power - Labour's first Prime Minister. On one side of this disc is Macdonald speaking about unemployment, and the other he addresses world peace. Want to hear him? Then click here. And there's a bit more about Macdonald's oratory, and this record in particular, here.
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