Has any country ever changed so much in 60 years? Enchanting photos show what life was like when our Queen came to the thronehttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... hrone.html
A pretty standard load of old 1950s were the greatest guff, but noteworthy as further evidence that cycling was totally acceptable and fine in the 1950s, unlike now.Pedal power: A family go for a 1953 picnic in the Cotswolds by bicycle. A Thermos of tea for Mum and Dad and pop for the kidsCrossroads: Women on a weekend cycling trip through Lincolnshire pose beside a road sign near a meadow
There's a picture of giraffes at London zoo in the 1950s, which is slightly baffling, in that I'm not too sure how it shows how much Britain has changed. Is the DM trying to suggest that giraffes were better in teh olden dayz? Must have been a better class of giraffe back then.
Pretty pictures. Sadly, all those lovely memories? They never existed. Half the kids I started school with in 1946 were dead before 1966. TB, Polio, blood diseases, you name it. In 1952 much was still on ration. When rationing finally ended a year later, the home business of choice for east Londoners, being foster parents, wasn't that attractive anymore. School dinner consisted of meat from the government freezers, that had been in store since 1928/30, cooked until it was little more than cardboard, cabbage boiled down to white stalks and pom (potato powder) so thinly mixed, it ran like water. Cellulose and cardboard. Times were not better then, just different. Every winter, as soon as the fires were lit London became blanked out with smog. Bronchitis was endemic and doctors were advising anyone with a chest infection to smoke and open the tubes!! They still used that line for TB patients in the sanatoriums of the sixties. Never long for yesterday, twas but an illusion.
- Dominic Fahr, Oxford, 2/6/2012 12:17