Inside the houses the living-rooms are heated by coal fires, and the chairs clustered round them for warmth - no television set to form the focus of the seating arrangements. Cooking is done in the oven and on an iron range, although some gas cookers are beginning to appear, and the bedroom floors are likely to be covered in lino.
Not as you might think, the Britain of a century ago, but a mere sixty or seventy years - within living memory of millions of people.
This wonderfully nostalgic selection of photographs, gathered from archive collections all over Britain, evokes once more the atmosphere of life between the two world wars. This period tends to be eclipsed in our minds by the political events of the time. yet in terms of the life we lead today, those twenty years were of immense significance, a hinge between the old order and the new. It was an era when many of the appurtenances of our modern lives first made their appearance - the family car, the vacuum cleaner, the radio; when the blurring between the social classes first began; when a better way of life seemed possible.
From home to work, from education to leisure and holidays, Eric Midwinter recalls the scenes, the fashions, the appliances that made up life in the '20s and '30s. For all those who lived through those years, or have heard about them from their parents or grandparents, this beautiful book will bring back vivid and poignant memories. As we approach the millennium it is the perfect gift to remind us of the way we were.
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