Rag Rag : The Rag Rag Annual Magazine, 1966

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 1966 Rag Rag magazine was produced by students to raise money for charitable causes across Manchester. It cost two shillings and sixpence, and the editorial set a target of £25,000 for this year’s Rag donations.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Features include a letter from the Lord Mayor of Manchester expressing thanks for the money raised for the city’s charities and a reproduction of Spike Milligan’s column in The Observer. There are also jokes referencing promiscuity, infidelity and socialism. A map of the Rag Day procession route is included, with the theme ‘Crime through the Ages’, and details of the ‘Annual Bogle and Tortoise Stroll’ long-distance fundraising walk. Some cartoons show sexualised female imagery, including nudity, and racial stereotypes.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>There are advertisements for S. L Robinson excavators, Knott Mill carpets, Gerrards builders, Robinson’s bakers, Shell chemicals, Granville Industrial Services, Royton Chain Co., Esso petrol, Better & Brighter Bingo, Burlington warehouses, Booth Hall Children’s Hospital, Gus Demmy bookmakers and others. There is also a job advertisement for James North & Sons. </p>

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