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5.0 out of 5 stars A highly-evocative Collection, 9 Sep 2005
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This review is from: The Wartime Scrapbook - from Blitz to Victory 1939 - 1945 (Hardcover)
Having lived through the 40's, I can say that this scrapbook does exactly as it intends and evokes long-forgotten memories of what life (normal day-in / day-out life) was like in those days. The collection brought back three things to me. The first was the public noticies that were all over the place in those days - especially the one which said "don't talk about work - get on with it". That poster was in the factory (Kynochs in Birmingham) that I worked in during the war. The second memory (which for some reason I had not thought about for a long time) was the need to salvage everything. The author's collection brought back the memory of taking a jam jar back to the shop if you wanted jam; a newspaper to the fishmonger when you fetched fish - and remembering to put a half-pint glass in your coat if you if you wanted to stop by the pub. The third memory is the strongest and was brought back by the poster of the milkman which appears as a small part of a two-page spread. It shows a milkman delivering the milk. In the background is a row of smouldering, bombed-out houses. That one little poster makes a difficult point in a very accessible way, a point that is otherwise almost impossible to explain now: life went on when all this was happening. The milkman delivered the milk to the streets he always delivered to - only today the houses had been destroyed. It is to the author's credit that through his thoughful compilation of posters, packaging, magazine covers and all the rest of his assembled material that he can evoke so much that was important in those days. The proof of the pudding is the 13-year-old grandchild; used to computer games and satellite TV but sitting listening and appreciating in exactly the same visual way, something that is much more important. This book is worth every penny!
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