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We were innocent

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Astragal

Times were more innocent in 1951. Looking through the pages of The Architects' Journal of 6 September that year we find an advert for The Cork Insulation and Asbestos Company next to one for 'Genuine White Lead Paint'. Smith's 'Sectric'Delhi clocks'were advertised as 'being in keeping with the modern office. . . with its smart but dignified appearance', and 'Lacrinoid plastic door furniture' is said to be 'close to functional perfection. . . pleasant to the hand and a delight to the eye'. The Glow-worm 'Milford Oven-overFire Combination Grate' provides 'boiling space for five saucepans' over an open fire. Finally, R Gay & Co, paint manufacturer to the Lansbury Estate, proudly announced its part in creating 'A Gay School for Lansbury'. Happy days.

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