Shoppers buy clothes without coupons + piles of surplus ration books at HM Stationary Office.
Unissued / unused material.
Clothes come off ration, London.
Various shots women looking at clothing on display in shop windows. C/U sign in window: "Coupons no longer required". C/U sign, pan to woman walking along street. C/U headline in "Evening News": "OFF COUPON DAY FILLS SHOPS". Pan to headline in the "Evening Standard". C/U sign in tailor's window: "Worsted - Your Easter suit £27.60 d." Reflections of passing people in window. C/U sign: "Sale Now On".
C/U Delboy-type kerbside vendor selling nylons. C/U his suitcase full of stockings on pavement, pan up to his face as he looks warily about. He notices he is being filmed and hides. M/S woman delving into her bag. M/S same woman entering shop. Shot taken from inside display window of busy street.
Various shots workers in H.M. Stationery Office collecting together bundles of disused ration books. C/U sign in shop window: "No Coupons", pan to man reading another sign "Peter Robinson Burlacade etc."
More shots workers in H.M. Stationery Office handing down bundles of useless books to another man. Piles of books being wheeled away on hand truck. Elevated shot man stocktaking. More shots stacks of surplus ration books in H.M. Stationery Office with 2 men loading them onto trolley & another man checking.
L/S through shop window showing crowd of shoppers outside. Various shots women looking into shop window. M/S man approaching from opposite direction, he looks in window and walks away. He pulls out his pocket lining to signify his lack of money. C/U "No Coupon" sign. NB: lengths of spacing between shots.
Elevated & C/U shots of piles of books in H.M. Stationery office with checker walking into picture & giving instructions to workmen. Various shots piles of surplus books. Date on original record is 15/03/1949.