It's mind-boggling. The cultural choices made in archiving are fascinating and often troubling. The proprietor framed the collection as an art installation. You might see it as junk. Some of it really bothers me: there's an awful lot of racist material, particularly golliwogs. The museum's stance isn't clear: is this a fair representation of a past culture which simply didn't care about minority races, or is this material collected for other reasons?
I think the students enjoyed themselves, and learned a lot about past and material culture.
Here's a selection (click to enlarge): full set here.
WW2 Jobs for the Girls poster
Plastic Sweat Yourself Thin clothes (ugh)
50s Horlicks sign
Well-Meaning Guardian Readers Against The Bomb (that's me!)
Actual Subbuteo streakers!
Terrifying, freakish crawling doll
Enid Blyton merchandising
A romantic cigarette from Craven "A"
Tretchikoff's 'Chinese Girl' - hugely popular in the 1950s/60s
Official Girl Scout Camera