A “Virtual” Tour of The Back to Backs – part 38




A Virtual Tour of the Back to Backs – part 38

It’s up the stairs again to find out what is in George’s attic. George is of course a bloke, and as with all blokes he keeps “STUFF”. Everything can potentially have a use in the future – so keeping “stuff” is vital to a bloke’s existence. If you’re a man, and you don’t keep “stuff” then there may be a woman around making sure that you don’t.

There is plenty of “stuff” here and we’ll take a quick look at a few items of the items.

There are children’s clogs, a number of cameras, children’s toys, and hair clippers. There is also an early vacuum cleaner, a copy of the radio times from the 1930s and scales from a shop. The most appropriate is a box of tools – now that’s really “bloke’s” stuff.

If you appreciate medical items then you will be fascinated by the breast pump and the rectal pump. I am hoping that no explanation for these is necessary as I’m not prepared to give one!

Let’s then remember that in the 1930s and for many years afterwards the main form of entertainment was the cinema. Cinema owners were concerned that because the personal cleanliness of the patrons many be somewhat suspect, the seats may have some sort of infestation. The solution to this was, after every performance, to spray all the seats in auditorium with ”Flit” in an attempt to reduce the numbers of very small unwanted visitors who have not left when the lights went up.

To do this the staff would use a metal pump spray called a “flit gun” and there is one in here.

Awareness of the potential infestation was the reason that cinemas, for many years, were always known as the local “Flea Pit”.

George Mitchell’s Attic – spot the “Flit gun”
Some of the items in George Mitchell’s attic
Children’s wooden soled shoes or clogs
Acrobat toy
A “Flit Gun”
Hair Clipper
Grocer’s scales in George Mitchell’s attic