There might have been a war going on, but as some excerpts from articles in The Glasgow Herald on January 23rd, 1942 show, in amongst the war related news, real life carried on as usual.
Copeland and Lye’s shop on Sauchiehall Street advertised their cafe as a ‘Cheery Meeting Place’ where John McArthur’s Orchestra played daily from 12.30-2pm and then again from 3-5.15pm. (Obviously no muzak in those days.)
Two RAF planes collided mid-air killing seven in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
It was illegal for shopkeepers to offer to wrap customers’ goods in paper unless it was food or the goods were to be delivered.
No sun was recorded in Glasgow for the week ending January 3rd,1942. The rainfall was 1.06 inches, the mean maximum temperature was 43.9F (6.6C) and the mean minimum temperature was 34.3F (1.2C)
In the three weeks since January 1st, 19 people were killed (by traffic) on Glasgow streets with 239 injured. This was an improvement on the same time period in 1941 when 29 people were killed and 360 injured.
British film star Jessie Matthews, then living and working in New York, was reported out of danger following a serious illness. She was diagnosed as suffering from nervous exhaustion caused by rehearsing for her new show while continuing with her war-work. Recuperation was expected to last several months.
A teacher of French to Leaving Certificate standard was wanted immediately for a school evacuated to Upper Deeside. Classes were small, the post was resident, there would be no house duty and weekends were free. A retired or married teacher might accept the post as war work.
Alexander J McKenzie was presented with a Diploma from the Royal Humane Society. An explosion at the docks threw a man into the River Clyde. Mr McKenzie, at great risk to himself, dived in and brought the man to safety.
Two fifteen year-old girls were killed instantaneously at a factory in Lincolnshire.
Court News from Buckingham Palace. Lady Katharine Seymour succeeded Lady Delia Peel as Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen.
The ration for margarine was reduced from 5ozs per person weekly to 4ozs. Butter remained at 2 ozs per person.
One British Pound was worth $4.43Cdn and $4.021US.