“Scarfolk Council:W. Smith newspapers, magazines, stationery, 1979”

Monday, 29 April 2013

“Here’s a 1979 shopping carrier bag from W. Smith, a leading newsagent, stationers and music shop.

When Winston Smith retired from the Records Department at the Ministry of Truth, he decided to open his own high-street Records Department in Scarfolk.

Daily newspapers were updated every 3 minutes and anyone possessing an out-of-date edition was arrested, prosecuted for dissent, and declared a “Scarfnot” (An “unperson” in Scarfolk).

Books were also constantly rewritten and “unbook” tokens were available. These tokens could be exchanged for any given book’s amended pages. Indeed, some books were corrected so frequently that maintaining a single book could run into hundreds if not thousands of pounds.

A book’s contents could change drastically. For example, by 1979, the erotic sci-fi thriller, “Affordable Brothel of the 9th Moon of Jupiter,” bore little resemblance to its first edition, which was originally titled the “New Testament,” a story about a Galilean carpenter who opens a budget furniture store in Sweden.

Most people found it easier not to buy or read books.’

Items for sale week of 06/11/1979:

“All magazines/comics – 65p:
Women Weakly (Highlighting the disruptive and damaging role of women in society).
Telescreen Fun (A weekly cartoon strip singling out individual children and deriding them for personal indiscretions).
Rats ‘n’ Laughs (Hilarious images of people’s expressions when hungry rats in cages are attached to their faces. Plus prisoner’s letters).

Music dept:
“It’s Inner Party Time!” and other public confession LPs & tapes – £3.99.”


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