from John Douglas come these two pictures of inside ATC at Waterbeach
This photo shows very well the alternative pre-electronic way to display your traffic as an aerodrome controller. Whilst civil controllers developed techniques utilising flight progress strips, military ATC found it more appropriate to use a form of peg board with a peg for each aircraft and a map of the aerodrome and circuit on the board.
Maybe our military readership can add a comment or two about the system?
A line up of Gloster Meteors, some T11 trainers possibly from 253 Squadron and some NF12 and/or NF14 night fighters, maybe from 25 or more likely 193 squadron in about 1957/58. The smoke comes from the cartridge starters used to start the engines