Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Don't doodle on books!

I was checking the consolidated list of Government Publications for 1930 and when looking through the index I came across this drawing. These publications are kept within the Official Publications Unit and therefore it must have been a member of the OPU staff that actually drew on a book!

I wonder which member of staff did it and who were they portraying in the doodle?

It looks like it is a woman, middle aged and with bags under her eyes. Now, I have been in OPU for 25 years and I don’t recognise her. Is it a self-portrait or were they sketching someone in the office...?

I wonder why they drew this picture - were they looking for inspiration to find an answer to an enquiry perhaps?