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Peterborough Flax Pullers (1918)

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A team of flax pullers pictured in 1918 with their lorry carrying the proud slogan “pull it clean”.

Farmers during both WW1 and WW2 were encouraged to grow flax which was then removed, complete with roots, by hand and left to soak for several days before being laid out on the land to dry. Once dried, the bundles of flax were transported to Scutching Mills to complete a process of turning it into a fine linen that was used to cover the bodywork of aircraft.

This image is captured in Peterborough but the exact location is unknown.