A fascinating collection I have just purchased is all contained in a large 1940s box the size of a shirt box (actually an Ilford Film box). The original owner and artist G.A.Gigg seems to have been in the Royal Navy around the end of WWII (at some time based at RNC Laughing Waters, Cobham, Kent) and obviously whiled away many an hour drawing warships, celebrities and pretty girls!
There seems to have been a shortage of paper at times with some drawings on sheets from a diary, backs of index cards, admiralty forms, even a science exercise book. This last one was ideal as the squared paper allowed for more precise warship diagrams, enabling the drawing of Meccano plans of these ships. Another notebook has even more elaborate plans and schematics with lists of Meccano parts also shown for each section!
But this man wasnt all warships and Meccano (isnt that enough?), as there are lots of other drawings (caricatures of some) with Fred Astaire, Gracie Fields, Shirley Temple, George Formby and the Marx brothers seen. Again these are on all manner of recycle paper scraps and also include a number of drawings of glamorous (but largely anonymous) women.
Odd naval items dotted through the collection include some Xmas cards from HMS Ganges, photos of the artist in his uniform etc.
A fascinating archive of one man’s wartime passions? And available for purchase in Reynard Collectables ebay shop here!