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'News stories in 1948'

This section gives you an archive of the stories which made it into the national press during 1948.

'November 18'

A New York company puts in an order to four British manufacturers for a fleet of British cabs for experimental use in New York and other US cities. The smaller size of British cabs is seen as a solution to the traffic congestion problem in New York. A spokesman for the American company said that the London taxi was shorter, lighter, cheaper to operate, easier to park quickly and "does not knock your hat off when you get in".

After 30 years of intermittent negotiations an agreement is reached on standardising all screw threads made in Britain, the USA and Canada. Manufacturers in the future will make all their screws, nuts and bolts to identical patterns in the size, numbers of threads per inch and in the angle of the threads. The Ministry of Supply pointed out that this would make machine parts manufactured in Britain and the US interchangeable, whereas in the past the angle of the threads of screws, bolts and nuts differed by 5 degrees.

'November 21'

Edward Cadbury, "the chocolate king" dies. He had campaigned against sweat-shop or 'sweated' labour, and was famous for setting up the Bournville Model Village. He said that "The man who does an honest day's work is entitled to a home".

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