The autumn editorial of the Margate Historical Society magazine highlights the standard of research locally and how easy it is to get it wrong like the Thanet Times did reporting the menagerie on the Hall by the Sea site. Mistakes like this can often cause problems in the future, like the problems with have today with some local historians relying too much on information from newspaper accounts as correct without conducting proper research first.
The Margate Historical Society has published 11 volumes representing over 55 magazines with articles from regular contributors like Mick Twyman, John Williams, Alf Beeching, Chris Sandwell and others representing proper research, witness accounts and experiences. Overall these magazines are the most factual modern day publications ever published on the history of Margate as they are backed up by archive material and documents.
One glaring error that came from the Margate Museum the editor picked up on was the second world war Margate legend how Margate housewives whose husbands were away on active service would display a packet of OMO washing powder in their front room windows. Representing some sort of secret code “On Military Operations”. The editor points out that OMO came onto the market in 1954.
However, I would have thought displaying a packet of OMO in the front room window could give out the wrong message like “Old Man Out “and could cause all kinds of serious repercussions.