December 19, 2011, by Fraser

19 December: Boots Christmas supplement

Boots Christmas magazineFrom the first page through to the last – including the festive cover adorned with Santas and Cherubs – The Mixture promotes positivity in the face of extreme adversity. This special Christmas supplement is from The Bee, the in-house magazine for Boots Pure Drug Company, and was delivered to employees ahead of Christmas 1944.

The supplement includes a range of content, including a number of stories from employees detailing their varied experiences during World War II. Despite that, the Editor notes the importance of focusing on the ‘lighter side of life’ in the Christmas supplement ‘in the hope of entertaining colleagues in all parts of the world.’  To this end, each article and story promotes a sense of shared identity as a Boots employee, as well as showcasing the famous British stiff upper lip:

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Boots and the University…

This copy of The Mixture is one of many ephemeral items about the history of the Nottingham firm to survive in the personal archive of former employee John Lawson. The University’s archives hold many other Boots references – particularly concerning the role of the company’s founder Jesse Boot whose generosity in the 1920s enabled Nottingham University College to move to what is now the University Park campus.

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