Children of the 1940s
A Social History
Imprint: Pen and Sword History
208 Pages, 6.1 x 9.2 in, 30 mono illustrations
- October 2023
- In Stock
Bomb sites provided ready made adventure playgrounds. Pleasures were simple with a weekly pilgrimage to the local cinema for Saturday morning pictures. Sales of comics boomed and Enid Blyton churned out countless books generally loved by the young.
The arrival of the Americans caused a flutter of excitement for children and quite a few of their elder sisters and mums too. Just when it appeared it was all over there was a new threat as buzz bombs brought fear and devastation. Eventually there was a brief moment of celebration with VE Day followed by a massive victory parade.
Austerity continued to gnaw away, not helped by cold winters with frost lining the inside of window frames. Returning fathers were often unwanted strangers while some returning were confronted with babies fathered by other men. There was much to be sorted out.
Mike Hutton takes you back to a different world. One where streets offered live theater populated by knife grinders, rat catchers and the cries of the rag and bone man. The skinny army of the 1940s are old now but their stories live on. Some are desperately sad, all warmly nostalgic while others are quite hilarious.