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How political leaflets used to look: Robert Maxwell, Field Marshal Montgomery, house prices and some sheep

There is so much to enjoy about this 1964 Labour leaflet for Robert Maxwell that I won’t say much to get between you and enjoying it.

Before becoming a newspaper tycoon and pension fund fraudster, Robert Maxwell was a Labour MP for Buckingham (yes, Buckingham) for six years until his defeat in 1970. This leaflet is from the election at which he got elected.

Note in particular the footnote about the reputation of The Times on p.1, the ever-present complaint about the “skyrocketing price of houses” on p.3 and the photo with Field Marshall Montgomery* on p.4.

(Click on the images below to see larger versions.)

Robert Maxwell 1964 Labour election leaflet - Buckingham - p1
Robert Maxwell 1964 Labour election leaflet - Buckingham - p2
Robert Maxwell 1964 Labour election leaflet - Buckingham - p3
Robert Maxwell 1964 Labour election leaflet - Buckingham - p4

* Though as a fan of Correlli Barnett’s The Desert Generals, this implied endorsement works less well on me than intended.

For more gems from past election leaflets, see my collection How leaflets used to look.