Woman nailing up blanket for blackout

This woman takes a precarious perch (and in high heels) to nail up a blanket so that her home will show no lights in the event of an air raid, while her daughter looks on.  As enemy aircraft would use the lights of a city at night to guide them to their targets, blackouts were an important part of civil defence.


Photographer unknown, c.1942



Accession number: H99.201/4013


From the State Library of Victoria's Pictures collection. Gift of The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), 1976.


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