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The 1950s Scrapbook [Hardcover]

Robert Opie
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,609 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
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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32 of 33 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes 6 April 2009
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 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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5 of 5 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
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 1950's Scrapbook Review 8 Jun 2010
Like Robert Opie's other books in this series, the 1950's book 'brings it all back home' in a few minutes. What I found, and probably others of my age found too, is that you can skim through the book barely noticing what you're reading before returning to the beginning and doing it all over again - but this time, slowly.
It was a case of constantly thinking, I'd forgotten that/those etc.
Altogether a very enjoyable return to those forgotten days - highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good buy
I initially bought this for my mother who has dementia as I thought that it might just bring back some memories, but even if not, give us something to look at and talk about. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel idea
Novel idea for a present. I was looking for something different for my parents who have been married for some 63 years-what do you get?? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1950's Scrapbook
I bought this for a friend. We were both born in 1950 and I had already bought a copy some time ago. I periodically look at the book and remember things of yesteryear! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angela Dormer
5.0 out of 5 stars Artefacts for 1952 project.
I turned out the local charity shops, antique shops and car boot sales. This guide proved invaluable. We put together a 1950s kitchen in no time at all.
Published 2 months ago by busybody
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite interesting..... but not very
For those of you like me who do not read the small print, this is an OVERSIZE book. It is pretty thin and whilst it did evoke some memories, I would have like to see more of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by the trout
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Bought as 70th gift for dad. Father in law got one for his birthday too and loved it; took him right back to his youth. Read more
Published 2 months ago by EL
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
I bought this for myself and found it a lovely bit of nostalgia. It brought back many happy memories and I have bought others in the range as a little bit of history for my... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs P
5.0 out of 5 stars great idea
Mum loved 1930 1940 1950 - soI have now bought 1960 and 1970 for my sisters birthday - fantastic idea for bringing back goo memories
Published 3 months ago by olb
1.0 out of 5 stars Damaged goods again !!!
Arrived with bottom left corner of book bashed in. This obviously acurred prior to dispatch, as the container was undamaged. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Graham Berckley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for memories and fans of the 50s
Was great fun looking through this as a family...some memories, some new discoveries. Also useful for researching the decade in terms of props etc. for theatre and photography
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth Ashby
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