On the cigarette packets, framed within a life belt, the sailor is gazing out to sea and has 'Hero' on his cap, not the 'Invincible' of the painting.HMS Invincible, one of the fast, much-vaunted battlecruisers of the post-Dreadnought era, was sunk at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, with heavy loss of life - a fact that Imperial Tobacco chose not to point out to customers used to equating tobacco and the glamour of the Navy.Later two stripes were introduced and these remain to the present day. But as the design was registered with only two, legal advice was sought, and it was decided that no alterations should be made. If you look, you'll see that the ship's name 'Hero' on the sailors cap-ribbon appears without the letters HMS.For more than a hundred years before 1953, seamen in the Royal Navy were allowed to buy tobacco leaf duty-free. The reason for the omission is that they were forgotten in the original drawing, and since the Trade Mark was registered without the letters, it was never possible to add them.Note the entry, second up from bottom, Admiralty Signal School, or, as it was known H. This is all that is in the Signal School sub divisional report.However, it clearly states the ASDIC 'SECTION' so one assumes that there were other sections.They formed this into a roll and pressed it by coiling a thin rope tightly round it. This picture, regrettably of poor quality, shows some of the advertising captions used by John Player featuring sailors and the Navy.When they wanted a smoke, they unwound the rope a turn and sliced off a pipeful or pressing plug. Note particularly the sailor with his back to us and the caption saying "turn your back on all but players".
Imperial Tobacco dispersed the collection this year, to auction houses and museums in Bristol and Nottingham.Their web site is easy to find and by and large, easy to use - practice makes perfect!At the PRO they run an enormous CATALOGUE which is fittingly called PROCAT.I have used, and continue to use research tools, merely out of interest, and for the pure enjoyment of getting information.The proverbial reference library is very hard to beat, but more and more, information technology is taking over, and I find it exciting.So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.Contrary to popular belief, the sailor's head does not represent any particular individual, but was simply an artist's conception for an advertising design and later used for the trade mark in 1891.Below is the sub division of the first named division above, namely of the Records of the Navy Board and the Board of Admiralty from 1563 until 1985. Signal School, which was in Portsmouth......that, or was that, the same as the Signal School which was too vulnerable in Portsmouth because of German bombing and which re-located to Leydene near Petersfield [HMS MERCURY] in the early years of the second world war, and is now in Fareham [HMS COLLINGWOOD] ?Now, whereas all the divisions and sub division affect all of us in the navy, I just want to show you what is inside the division called "Records of research Establishment", which you will observe is the division fourth up from the bottom of the top table. This is where the mechanics of the W/T branch were decided. There are other titles here which will be familiar to you, like Radio Communications for example. Look below to the break-down of the Admiralty Signal School and to its content.Our Word of the Year choice serves as a symbol of each year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends.It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year.