Rag Rag : The Rag Rag Annual Magazine, 1954

University of Manchester Student Union

Rag Rag

<p style='text-align: justify;'><b>Content warning: As an historical item, some content in this magazine contains language and imagery that reflect the prejudices of the era, which are offensive, oppressive and may cause upset. This is not condoned by The University of Manchester, but we are committed to providing access to this material as evidence of the inequalities and attitudes of the time period.</b></p><p style='text-align: justify;'> The 1954 Rag Rag magazine was produced by students to raise money for medical charities across Manchester and Salford, particularly for the children’s hospital.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Features include ‘Mirth with the Medics’, joke cartoons on medical treatments, and ‘Book Review’, a series of joke reviews of fictional books. There are also jokes referencing the end of rationing, new social welfare plans and increased economic activity. Some cartoons show sexualised female imagery, including nudity, and racial stereotypes. Congratulatory letters are printed from the mayors of Manchester and Salford.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>There are comedic advertisements for J. T. Richards turf, Carlyle building contractors, Saunders & Taylor heating engineers, the Salford Catholic Protection & Rescue society, James Robertson & Sons preserves, Crown wallpapers, Walpamur paints and others. </p>

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