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Nip-A-Kofs shine in Wolverhampton industrial gloom

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 09, 2014

  • The south-west corner of Wolverhampton, circa late 40's

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IT wasn't quite manna from heaven, but it certainly felt like the sweet taste of success when a casual flick through one of the many reference books we have in the Bugle library revealed a picture of the famous Finnegan 'Nip-a-Kof' sweet advertisement.

For years these quarter inch, square, sugar coated, black cough sweets were an essential part of everyday life for many Black Country workers, but try as we may the last time we mentioned the Nip-a-Kof sweet back on April 17, there was no visual reference available; until now. The view was taken of the south-west corner of Wolverhampton in the years immediately after the Second World War.

In those days heavy industry was located in almost every part of the Black Country, a region renown for its factories, collieries, aluminium and iron casting works, brickworks, gasworks, machine shops, vehicle manufacturers, and laundries, etc. The air quality was inevitably poor, but the 'Nip-a-Kof' was an easy and cheap remedy, 2d for 2oz, that people turned to offset the dust that must have been a constant irritation.

Has any one got a better visual reference of the Nip-a-Kof advertising hoarding? If you have, here at the Bugle we would like to share it with other readers. Contact 01384 567678, or email jworkman@blackcountrybugle.co.uk.

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