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The Notificator



Court case listings by London’s The Times document Aircraft Patents Ltd. v. Notificator Development Ltd. from late October through December of 1937. On December 21, a Mr. Justice Simonds orders “in the usual form…for the compulsory winding-up of Notificator Development Ltd.”


Postings on two separate message boards discussing the notificator article from the Modern Mechanix blog (, while being anecdotal sources, make interesting contributions which may provide further information if pursued. "Sarah Lipman," posting on the blog Pasta&Vinegar in June 2007, suggests that these types of communication methods were in heavy use among European and Jewish survivors of World War II: "I’ve seen it mentioned in many (10+ books) where when Jewish survivors tried to track down any remaining friends, relatives or neighbors, they would go to their old town or to a Displaced Persons’ Center, where names would be written up on notes all over the walls. They’d add their name, some identifying information, and contact information, and then read every single note trying to find names they recognized. They would also return frequently to check new "listings."<ref>{{cite web|[[6/27/2007}} These message centers also appeared in the period of confusion immediately following the 2001 tragedy in New York City. The public nature of these notices again has the potential to activate oral communications among a dispersed community, increasing the chance that a posting would reach an individual member.

Also notable is self described "Tube bore and lover of London's history," Simon Greenwood's post at the MobHappy blog (; "Not to say that this doesn't exist but...I have genuinely never heard of this, and it looks like the sort of thing that the Museum of London or the London Transport Museum would have in its stores. My guess is that there might have been one set up as a demo somewhere, perhaps in the West End, but that it wasn’t adopted by the Underground, the railways or whoever wanted to put street furniture out in London."