During the height of WW2, John Chiltern was set the task by the British government of creating an efficient, cheap, morale boosting initiative. It was to be used for communication between men on the front lines, and their family’s back home. This was one of the first in a long line of projects creating communication between soldiers and their family’s, the most modern today being the “Bluey”.
Knowing that materials where scarce, he created the Chiltern Communication Kit. This kit would then be installed to any suitable already existing chair, and set in post offices around Britain. This led to each Chiltern Communication Chair being a unique piece.
While away, men would be given the opportunity to record short messages, which would be sent back to Britain. These would be screened and then sent to the post office nearest their loved one. A small activation card would be sent to the desired receiver, which upon being taken to the chair would cause the message to be played.
Most of the original chairs have disappeared, but we had the luck of finding a disassembled original in Glasgow. We have recreated the chair, as we believe it was back in 1942.
This is promotional material for the Chiltern Communication Kit produced by the Goverment in 1942.