There were hard times in the 1930's and interesting times for the fledgling BBC. The licence fee still had to be paid for however. This licence was issued to Lady Wishart from Hove - her title suggesting that the ten shillings it cost would not have troubled her.
The licence certificate itself was not standardised and at least two versions are in circulation over many years. Compare the licence above with the one below
Radio plays an important part in all our lives but it plays a bigger part if you are blind. The radio licences change in the 1930s to show that they were issued free to a "blind person".
There is also a subtle change to the conditions of the licence later on in the decade ... the combined height and length of the external aerial is 100 feet at the start of the 1930s but 150 feet at the end.
Mistakes can happen and in the 1930's you got an appropriate letter if a licence was wrongly issued.
The number of radio licences issued continued to grow at an extraordinary rate. Here are the official figures from the BBC handbooks of the decade:
Jan '30 3.0m
Jan '31 3.4m
Jan '32 4.3m
Jan '33 5.2m
Aug '34 5.7m