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The 1950s Scrapbook [Hardcover]

Robert Opie
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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1 Jan 1999 Scrapbook
After ten years of austerity, the early 1950s saw rationing draw to an end. Gathered together in this colourful creation of over 1,000 products and images, The 1950s Scrapbook conjures up the life and times of the decade. From the Festival of Britain and the Coronation of Elizabeth II to the abundance of toys and television programmes, every facet of the era is covered. Memorable and evocative, The 1950s Scrapbook illustrates an extraordinary period of British history, from rationing to rock'n'roll, from Archie Andrews to the Mini Minor. It was a time when self-service shopping was a novelty, frozen foods a wonder, and detergents like Tide, Daz and Omo were the latest whirl for the washing machine. The flowing fashions were styled from nylon or Terylene, the space age was full of Dan Dare, and children watched the antics of Muffin the Mule, Hank or Andy Pandy. Decision time for girls was simpler - would their hair be in pigtails or a pony tail? Taking the best from the Robert Opie Collection, The 1950s Scrapbook adds to the different lifestyles portrayed in the companion volumes of The 1930s Scrapbook and The Wartime Scrapbook.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 62 pages
  • Publisher: pi global publishing limited; New edition edition (1 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954795423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954795429
  • Product Dimensions: 38.1 x 27.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars time travel is possible! 28 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
fancy a trip back to the 1950s? climb into your time machine open the front cover and you're there,pay a visit to a sweet shop you can pick up a tiffin bar for 6d or frys 5 boys for 3d, pop into the chemists for some gleem toothpaste this is a magical ride through the '50s crammed with over 1000 sumptiously photographed products, some are still going strong today others lost in the mists of time .a fabulous book
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic resource! 3 Jun 2007
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I am a Year 6 teacher, covering the period from 1948 to the present day with my class in History; and this book has been invaluable to us in our History work this term! The pictures and information hidden in its pages is amazing - particularly for one who was too young to remember the era (I wasn't born till 64!)

One of my class's challenges this term has been to produce a 3D diorama relating to a decade from the 1950s to the 1980s; and this series of books has been an invaluable resource for fashion, toys, produce, sweets and toys of the relative decade.

Thank you, Robert Opie, for your impeccable research!

Whether you were born in this era or not, I am sure you will love the book. Enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Nostalgia 23 July 2010
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Note: This is a big book. So if like me, you are wondering why first class postage is a little bit extra then that is why. 15 inches x 10 inches.

After looking through this beautiful book, I can see why the author has made this like a big Scrapbook and it is definitely a plus.

It is packed full of delightful photographs of memorabilia from the 1950's. Each page concentrates on a different aspect. For instance one page is sweets of the era. So you can bury your head in the pages and enjoy reliving Spangles, Fry's bars and the like. Another page has Dinky and Matchbox toys and I was surprised and delighted to see the little green steam roller I used to play with as a child and many others. Another page has household objects, so you can look for the fridge or washing machine you or your parents or grandparents used to have. Another page has the old Radio Times of the decade which have favourite celebrities on the cover such as Marilyn Monroe and Tommy Cooper. Lots of things included. Holidays, Fashion, Vinyl records, TV's and kitchenware, Comics, Tv Programmes, Food Packets and Tins, Holidays, Cars, Hairstyles and Products, Toys, Sweets.

I was born in the early 60s but I suppose many things hung over from the 50s into that era as I recognised many items in this book. And it was so much fun seeing them, pure nostalgia! I bought this for my parents Anniversary and have to say it made an excellent gift for them both to share. But it would make an equally nice Christmas Present. It really brings back that warm, fuzzy feeling of being a kid.

I am going to order the 60s one for myself for Christmas!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes 6 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
The Robert Opie series of scrapbooks is always a treat to return to...and leave them lying around and just wait for visitors to pounce on them, so universal is their appeal. Is there anything better for conjuring up the feel of a bygone era? I don't think there is. You can almost smell the heady aroma of Ovaltine, Woodbines, Brylcreem and Brasso wafting off the pages! The Fifties were long before my time but anyone can appreciate the care Robert Opie has invested in curating and presenting his spectacular collection of everyday objects from down the decades. And if you like his scrapbooks be sure to check out his design and packaging museum in London where you'll find the contents of his wonderful books on display for you to examine up close. He really deserves a medal for services to the nation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1950's scrapbook 8 Nov 2009
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The 1950s Scrapbook First saw this book when I visited Outpatients at Boston Pilgrim Hospital. I got so engrosed in the book I was reluctant to put it back when I was called forward to see the hearing specialist. Once you pick this book up you will not want to stop until you have seen every page. So good I am looking now at the other Scrapbook issues. A trip down memory lane and so worth the price.
Plus as always with Amazon, your delivery is quick and painless. Non of that DHL nonsense of spending hours on the phone trying to re-arange a delivery only to find that you have to travel miles to thier depot to pick it up or pay in full the delivery charge again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1950's SCRAPBOOK ROBERT OPIE 21 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book was purchased by Dorset Memory Box Library to add to its collection of memorabilia for presentation to memory loss sufferers, as it stimulates the mind and encourages conversation amongst elderly sufferers of memory loss.
A superb tool for activities in Day Centres and Care Homes especially for people with dementia.
Robert Opie has produced a number of similiar Scrapbooks and they are all ideal
in recalling everyday articles of the past
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1950s scrapbook 25 Oct 2009
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Brilliant book brings back wonderful memories, if you are stuck for a present for a grandma or grandad they will love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for dementia sufferers 25 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover
Sadly I need presents for a much- loved mum who is back in her childhood. This book is great. All the everyday bits and pieces that bring back treasured memories and lets us share a conversation, something too precious for words. Very much recommend for others in similar circumstances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for all ages, great for stimulating conversation
Originally purchased for someone with Dementia, but people of all ages love looking through this book.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb nostalgia.
A very nostalgic journey. Superb!
Published 7 days ago by Mockturtle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for my dad who has Dementia
Published 11 days ago by margaret wittich
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book. My mother was very interested in it ...
A fantastic book. My mother was very interested in it as well as other residents in her care home. I was very pleased with this purchase. Read more
Published 16 days ago by fuschia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another brilliant book by this author who I would so like to meet!
Published 17 days ago by Forest Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars She was delighted by the images of things that she remembers from ...
I bought this book for my mother-in-law who suffers from dementia and is in a special care home. She was delighted by the images of things that she remembers from her past. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Joanna Emmess
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for reminiscing.
I bought this for a present, and they were pleased with it. Brought back lots of memories of things forgotten, a good talking point.
Published 20 days ago by Cumbrian Pensioner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Saw in Museum in Bridlington....and just wanted copy....
Published 1 month ago by Dizzy Derham
4.0 out of 5 stars 1950's scrapbook
Large sized hardbacked book , more colourful than the wartime scrapbook and again good sized pictures but sadly handwritten text running through the book that my mother was unable... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kala
3.0 out of 5 stars This was only OK
I bought this for myself (born in the 50's) with the intention of passing it on to someone who also remembers that time. It is truly the size of an old scrapbook! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robby
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