- Hardcover: 168 pages
- Publisher: Batsford Ltd; Re-issue edition (28 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713490578
- ISBN-13: 978-0713490572
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 984,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
101 Things to Do in Wartime, 1940 Hardcover – 1 Aug 2007
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This is a delightful piece of wartime publishing from B. T. Batsford (originally published 1940) reissued to inform and delight all readers about life on the home front during World War II. The make-do-and-mend ethos helped win the war, from knitting balaclava helmets for the navy to making croquet games for the floor and table for blackout days. This original 1940 publication has 101 suggestions for things to do during Britain's darkest hour. It reveals a practicality and ingenuity that we hope lives on...The 101 suggestions include: Home-made working toys; Using up scraps of metal and wood; Croquet for the table and floor; Puzzles in cardboard; Toys in wool and felt; Wartime reading; Meatless dishes; Waterless cooking; Knitting projects; The garden in wartime; Lamp shades for the blackout; Economizing artificial light; and, Let us tidy up. With dozens of diagrams, patterns and instructions, this book is not only a delightful look at the past but can be used for reference even now: very much the intention of the authors more than 60 years ago. The suggestions are, by turn, funny, charming and useful, but are a fantastic insight into a nation's psyche.
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Any of the craft projects can be found elsewhere nowadays but I suppose that isn't really the point of the book.
If you put yourself in the position of a mother and housewife in 1940 then you would have had to use your ingenuity and initiative. In other words the book gives an insight into ideas of what one had to conjure up out of whatever is around (as opposed to buying it from a shop) but we have Blue Peter for that nowadays! If you are in the mood for learning forgotten crafts from the past, then this is not the right book.
There are other "Things to do" books in a similar vein. Interesting as accounts of projects and common sense tasks and you may marvel at how your Mum/Granny/Great grandma found time to do all these things. But they did, and survived to tell the tale, and deserve a huge amount of respect for holding "the home" together during such difficult times.
I am beginning to feel mean about the three stars, but I will stick with it because this is a personal review.
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