Friday, April 6, 2012
The source of much information about the Manchester & Salford Equitable Co-operative was the monthly publication, given away free in the stores. These are three covers from 1940 and as you'd expect have the patriotic tone of wartime. You could spend a small fortune bidding for co-operative memorabilia on that e-bay.
The nearest I've come to a complete collection 1889 - 1960 in slim bound volumes is at the National Co-operative Archives in Manchester. But even they are missing a few.
Other Societies issued similar monthly magazines, and those that didn't often gave away a CWS publication called Wheatsheaf that had local news section.