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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Post War Britain


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These pictures are from "Our Hidden Lives" by Simon Garfield.
The book is made up of excerpts from peoples diaries of post war Britain. The diaries were started as a result of a programme called Mass Observation, where volunteers were invited to keep journals which would give sociologists an insight into the thoughts, feelings and experiences of the lives of everyday people. Over a thousand people took part and the entries cover the period 3 June 1946 to 7 July 1948.
I find it interesting because as I was born in 1948, my parents probably had similar experiences, thoughts, and emotions as the diarists did.

5 comments:

  1. I've made a note of the title of the book...it sure sounds like an interesting read.

    The timeline is close to when I was born (1951) and so even if it is post war Britain, I feel it would be an insight into my parents as well. A bit, anyway, since I was born in Germany...the other side, lol.

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  2. This does sound like a good read.

    I was born in 1941 Dave..so this is my childhood time frame.

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  3. If they had had the internet, they could have just blogged! The book does sound interesting, as are the pictures.

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  4. The book sounds interesting, I wonder if it will be easy to see it here in USA.

    That is a cool looking bicycle though.

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  5. I've read some of this & it's so interesting. I lived through it!!

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Thanks for your comments. Whenever possible I will always reply. Dave