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1940 Metropolitan-Vickers Metrovick Mobile Canteen 'Electrical Assoc. for Women'

1940 Metropolitan-Vickers Metrovick in Ordinary People, Short Movie, 1941 IMDB

Class: Cars, Van / MPV — Model origin: UK

1940 Metropolitan-Vickers Metrovick Mobile Canteen 'Electrical Assoc. for Women'

Position 00:04:00 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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dsl SX

2014-08-24 21:32

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1940 plate = wartime so likely to be purpose-built, not converted something else. "Electrical Association For Women" - shocking!!

andrepa DE

2014-08-24 23:49

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one of the first mobile canteens it seems, even more shoking Mobile Women's Auxiliary Service in Burma
Link to "en.wikipedia.org"
must have been like a dream, to have a cup of tea there.

-- Last edit: 2014-08-24 23:52:22

johnfromstaffs EN

2014-08-25 10:56

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andrepa wrote
must have been like a dream, to have a cup of tea there.


That's where they grow the stuff!

The truck is almost impossible to identify, unless anyone recognises the wheels, I have looked at Ford and Bedford and these are unlike the ones in the picture.

Sunbar UK

2015-09-01 21:20

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Found as an electrically powered mobile canteen with Metropolitan Vickers chassis.

http://archive.commercialmotor.com/article/25th-october-1940/18/news-of-the-week

"The Electrical Association for Women, inaugurated a mobile Welfare canteen service... the fleet numbers 11 vehicles.
...this women's organization is lending to the London County Council an electrically propelled canteen which win help in the feeding of London's homeless at the rest centres.

Designed by Mrs. William Paterson (hon. organizer, E.A.W. mobile welfare canteen service) to combine that which is pleasing to the eye and practical in performance, it incorporates the original feature of a three-sided serving counter with accommodation for five or six people serving.
The chassis was presented by Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Co., Ltd., the charging equipment by the Westinghouse Brake and Signal Co., Ltd., and the battery by the D.P. Battery CO., Ltd."

http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Metropolitan-Vickers

-- Last edit: 2015-09-01 21:28:40

dsl SX

2015-09-01 22:09

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:king: Excellent sleuthing, Agent Sunbar.

Sunbar UK

2015-09-02 11:34

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:lol: It was after a Googling for 'Electrical Association For Women' (which lasted from 1924 to 1986) and your earlier 'shocking' comment! I guess educating women about electricity was seen as important if it was going to be accepted in the home.

No pictures found to match this canteen's cab or wheelbase but 'Metrovick' vehicles were made by Metropolitan-Vickers in three types, of 7-9-cwt., 10-14-cwt., and 18-22-cwt. capacities in the late 1930s, and the 18-22cwt version was available as a chassis only for special bodies. All details found from the CM archives so far.

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