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Have to (reluctantly) agree with the OP here. The foil (often tissue
backed aluminium?) in cigarette packets and chocolate bars was commonly
known as silver foil by my parent's generation at least. I doubt it was
ever anything but a description of the colour.
On Wed, 8 Nov 2017 11:07:04 +0000, email@example.com (Roger Hayter)
I can remember separating the foil from the paper and rolling the foil
into balls for the war effort (WWII). The foil-on-paper came from
cigarette packages, and almost everyone smoked in those days.
A fingernail could start the separation and the foil could be easily
stripped off the paper. You can't do that with the foil-on-paper now
Foil balls, flattened cans, and string were all saved until collected
for the war effort.
That was before my time.
The single use that I remember for silver foil was to make
a tiny rocket.
You would wrap the silver tightly around the head and top of a paper
match, with a pin laid along one side of the match; withdraw the pin
to leave an exhaust channel; balance the rocket somewhere; hold a lit
match under the wrapped matchhead and watch it zip away when the
wrapped match ignited.
That was probably safer as an outdoor sport. In my case, it was
mainly worth doing to see if it worked.
On Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:22:39 -0000, "James Wilkinson Sword"
That really wasn't the point. People did this to contribute, in the
only way available to them, to the "war effort". It made people feel
they were doing their part.
It's like the little old lady who knitted socks for the soldiers "over
there". Her sock output was minimal, but it gave her a feeling of
Like people being "encouraged" to donate their iron railings. Apparently
it wasn't any use for the war effort and all got thrown away. Unsightly
sawn or burnt off railings were a common sight well into the sixties.
That was done in the UK, and has been covered in this
(alt.usage.english) newsgroup. String, flattened cans, and foil balls
were saved and turned over for the "war effort" in the US, but I don't
know if that was also done in the UK.
It is not my impression that the iron railings were voluntarily
donated from what I've read in this group. Weren't they just taken?
Anyone with any sense would have sawn them up then buried them until the war was over.
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