Leeds nostalgia: From front line to hem line, the post-war battle for material

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During the war, because of the general shortage of materials, it was outlawed for a man to have trousers which were wider than 19 inches at the ankle.

However, an anomaly was thrown up after it was revealed women’s trousers could be 21 inches at the ankle.

When the matter was brought to the Board of Trade, an inspector said she could give no reason for the difference.

The case came to ligfht after a tailor called Albert Fry was summoned to account for 11 alleged offences of making civilian clothing which breached the strict rules, which also governed things like how many pockets a suit could have.

He was said to have made suits with too many pockets and with backstraps to waistcoats, pleats to trousers and making them too wide.

Magistrates found him guilty and imposed a fine of one shilling on each of the five summonses.

In his defence, it was argued the regulations were aimed mainly at wholesalers, who could save more cloth and not individual tailors.

In other news, an inquest was opened after he body of a newly-born male was found on Otley Chevin.

Dr H Wolfe said the child had probably been dead a fortnight.

In Hull, a fitter was sentenced to two months in jail with hard labour for allegedly pointing his camera at some tanks.

Lawrence C Bjhagiar was seen by members of the RAF and even though the film was developed and no tank pictures were found, the magistrates ruled against him.

Rationing was introduced in a bid to mitigate the attacks on shipping by German U-boats. Before the war, Britain imported 55m tons of goods each month but this dropped to 12 after hosilities were declared.

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