You may have read about the ‘gas crisis’ in the UK – and yes, there have been fights.. I thought I’d ‘lighten’ the mood with a little contribution from my collection on the theme of heating.
First up: The original mascot for the British Gas industry, ‘Mr Therm’! He (or it?) resembled a gas flame and was illustrated by Eric George Fraser (1902 – 1983) in 1931, originally for “Gas Light & Coke Company”. He was later adopted by the British Commercial Gas association on behalf of the wider British gas industry. For the next 40 years, you would see him in cartoon strips, giving DIY tips and he also featured in many publicity items, such as these playing cards by Thomas De La Rue & Company Ltd. from the 1950s. Love the ‘burns to serve you’ slogan!
What about an alternative to gas? In 60s/70s Germany it seems to have been ‘Braunkohle’ (brown coal). A memory game extolling the virtues of an ‘Allesbrenner’ (multi-fuel stove) provides a fascinating glimpse into the mindset of … well, I guess, a marketing team. Unfortunately, I don’t know whether this was for a specific stove company or the coal industry in general (I suspect it’s the latter). It comes across as a simple memory game, neither the box nor any of the memory-cards give any hint as to who commissioned it or who the illustrator(s), designer(s) were. Which is a real shame, as there is quite a variety of styles.
Originally there would have been 50 ‘pairs = 100 cards, the box in my possession has only 37 pairs but they are ‘quite enough’.Here are most of them:
Whether you use electricity, gas or other means: one thing is certain: Winter is coming – der nächste Winter kommt bestimmt..
Enjoy autumn – there are bound to be some warm days left this year!