May your days be happy and bright

Poster by James Fitton from the IWM Collection (PST 2814).

Clicking around the interwebnet in search of a seasonal image I came across this lovely wartime anti-waste poster whose message is just as pertinent today. Even though it is right for us to want to celebrate the festive season, in these straitened times we shouldn’t overconsume our precious resources. So, with that in mind, I’d like to wish all Dambusters Blog readers a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. See you on the other side!

More about James Fitton on his Wikipedia page.


14 thoughts on “May your days be happy and bright

  1. Martin Charles Bonsey December 20, 2022 / 9:18 pm

    Happy Christmas Charles – and weren’t those posters effective reinforcing our Hatfield parents’ natural tendencies!

    • Martin Charles Bonsey December 20, 2022 / 9:21 pm

      Aaargh spell check: H A T F E I L D !

      • charlesfoster December 20, 2022 / 9:26 pm

        Happy Christmas, cousin!
        Don’t worry about the spelling. Not the first, not the last.

  2. David Chamberlin December 21, 2022 / 8:50 am

    Happy Christmas and New Year to you and one and all.

  3. priscilla littmoden December 21, 2022 / 9:49 am

    I like that, very appropriate in these times, happy Christmas Charles

  4. Caroline December 21, 2022 / 3:43 pm

    Merry Christmas to you too. Thanks for all your Dambuster information this year. I alway enjoy and learn something from each blog entry.

    I don’t watch much TV, but the adverts extolling the quality and quantity of food and ‘stuff’ we should buy, never mention or even infers the birth of the infant Jesus. Whether you are a believer or not, Christmas should be about more than gluttony and consumption.

    Stay safe fellow readers.

  5. mfazzman December 21, 2022 / 10:39 pm

    As always, very nicely put Charles! Many thanks for your kind wishes to one and all of us at this special time of year.

    Here’s wishing you, your family and all of your blog readers a very happy and healthy Christmas and safe and prosperous New Year 2023. Here’s also to next year’s 80th anniversary of a certain master raid….

    With very best regards,


  6. Frank Eric Ellis December 22, 2022 / 12:56 pm

    Merry Christmas to you all. Thank goodness there are men and women still willing to ‘stand on the wall’ and make sure we are all still safe sleeping in our beds at night.

    Disgraceful that Johnny Johnson’s funeral wasn’t even mentioned on the News. Shameless behaviour!

    This generation are so shallow, wait till Putin makes his next big move, then they’ll start understanding why we respect our heroes who did more than just sing a song or kick a ball around for huge sums of money.

    They talk of ‘Respect’ – they have no idea!

    • charlesfoster December 22, 2022 / 4:16 pm

      To be fair to the news media, the family had requested that the funeral be private. They didn’t want TV coverage.
      I understand that there will be a public memorial service sometime in 2023.

  7. PHIL December 22, 2022 / 1:56 pm

    Thank you James – and your comments being echoed by me to all subscribers as well!

    • charlesfoster December 22, 2022 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks, Phil — but please note that my name is Charles!

  8. David King December 23, 2022 / 8:47 pm

    Hello Charles. Many thanks for all the very interesting historic information of Bomber Command received through out the year. It is very much appreciated.
    Enjoy the festivities of Christmas and the new year. David King.

  9. Philip Barter December 26, 2022 / 11:50 pm

    Reminds me of what my mum used to say “It’s the mustard you leave on the plate that gives Colemans their profit”

  10. Denise Clare Dawson. (Née Hay) February 2, 2023 / 6:22 am

    Thank you so much for keeping up the contact.

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