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The 1940s & 50s remembered


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Memories and reminiscences from the 1940s and 50s

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The 1940s & 50s remembered

  1. 1. Chris Helme Presentation
  2. 2. The 1940s were dominated by the Second World War. Whilst many family members were away fighting in foreign parts the war really came home to our area on the 22 November 1940. This was when a German bomber dropped a single 220lb bomb which devasted 537 houses in the Hanson Lane and Crossley Terrace area in the heart of the most densely populated part of Halifax. A total of 11 people were killed and a further 10 needed hospital treatment.
  3. 3. Bomb damaged house in Cliff Side Gardens Leeds
  4. 4. The same Cliff Side Gardens in 2007
  5. 5. Bomb damaged house in Easterly Road
  6. 6. Rationing started 8 January 1940 Rationing is something that everyone who lived through that era will remember. Mothers in particular as it was they who had to try and provide meals for a growing family. When did food rationing stop? Fourteen years of food rationing in Britain ended at midnight on 4 July 1954, when restrictions on the sale and purchase of meat and bacon were lifted. This happened nine years after the end of the war
  7. 7. Some Leeds ladies sorting out the new ration books
  8. 8. Dig for Victory was something that many families did during the war. If this was not in their own garden many people took the opportunity of starting an allotment. Many parks were turned over for use as allotments. Even during the 1960s at my secondary school we had weekly gardening lessons did you?
  9. 9. Gardening lessons at school. This was something that was taught at secondary modern schools
  10. 10. A march past led by the Navy stretches down The Headrow as far as the eye can see, for Ark Royal week
  11. 11. Wartime parade in Thornton Square Brighouse
  12. 12. How many of you can remember wearing a gas mask?
  13. 13. How many of you can remember the Anderson Shelters ?
  14. 14. The War Is Finally Over
  15. 15. At the end of the war General Alfred Jodl signed the instruments of unconditional surrender on 7 May 1945 in Reims as the representative of Admiral Karl Doenitz
  16. 16. Typical end of World War 11 celebration (Edmonton)
  17. 17. VE Day in Halifax – May 8th 1945 The crowd at the Halifax Town Hall listening to the Declaration
  18. 18. Then of course there was the more local celebrations – here in Brighouse
  19. 19. Typical end of World War 11 celebration (Edmonton)
  20. 20. Now the war was over the world as we knew it was about to change Would these changes in the work place continue ?
  21. 21. Women in work Did your mother have a job ?
  22. 22. Many ladies actively looked for work after the war. Life at home for many families was gradually changing
  23. 23. Housing in the 1940s and early 1950s These type of properties by the 1950s in many areas were slowly disappearing under the demolition mans hammer
  24. 24. Inside a 1940s early 50s kitchen
  25. 25. The 1950s kitchen cupboard
  26. 26. A group of women examine the very latest in oven technology in Leeds
  27. 27. Bath time for some children in the 1950s
  28. 28. Bath time for some more children in the 1950s
  29. 29. The old tin bath is back in fashion
  30. 30. Who can remember these ? With their frozen pipes and the big key kept on a length of string usually with a large bobbin attached to it . This made it easier to find just in case you dropped it in the deep snow if having to made that emergency visit during the night.
  31. 31. Ladies can you remember the first washer you had ? OR the first modern domestic appliance ?
  32. 32. 1952 saw the launch of a new kind of vacuum cleaner, the 'Constellation', which floated like a hovercraft. Hoover designed it so you could place the vacuum cleaner in the centre of the room and then work around it 1950s, 1960s and 1970s Hoover Junior
  33. 33. Can you remember the prefabs ? Chapel Croft Rastrick
  34. 34. The 1951 prefab and its front garden at Collingham
  35. 35. Major new housing developments were cut through green field sites
  36. 36. Once the builders started other council areas soon followed building there own new estates only this time they to be homes fit for heroes...
  37. 37. You could even go and look at a model of the new houses that were being built
  38. 38. Within no time at all the open green fields had all gone and the building work started.
  39. 39. New housing estates saw the building of new schools - Cliffe Hill School Lightcliffe
  40. 40. Looking back at the street games of the 1950s
  41. 41. No health and safety rules about conkers back in the 50s
  42. 42. For most boys football was played in the streets with a couple of pullovers used as goal posts and then all trying to be the new Stanley Matthews.
  43. 43. Unlike today where girls do play football very successfully. Back in the 1950s they stuck to games like skipping. Once again most of these games were played in the streets
  44. 44. More Street Games
  45. 45. ...or even hop scotch and hoopla
  46. 46. Leeds children from the 1950s playing on a swing with the all too familiar mill chimney in the back ground bellowing out black smoke.
  47. 47. Family viewing in the 1950s – commercial TV arrived 22 September 1955
  48. 48. Muffin the Mule with Annette Mills The television started to pull children away from the street games to watching to what many called ‘The Goggle Box’ Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men with Little Weed
  49. 49. Television programmes we grew up with With 432 30 minute episodes it ran from 9 July 1955 – 1 May 1976
  50. 50. Ran from 1957 to 1967 Ran from 1955 to 1967 Ran from 1955 to 1961 Originally ran from 1955 to 1959
  51. 51. Cinema – Memories of the 1940s and 50s 1940s 1940s
  52. 52. 1950s
  53. 53. CINEMA NAMES Essoldo – what does this mean Esther, SOLomon and his daughter, Dorothy Sheckman Odeon – what does this mean? Oscar Deutsch Entertains Our Nation Why did the old time cinemas tend to have short names : 1. Rex 2. Roxy 3. Royal, 4. Gem, 5. Regent, 6. Grand 7. Ritz and the 8. Rio etc... Short names - the illuminated sign outside was cheaper
  54. 54. The Saturday morning visit to the pictures to see the next episode of Flash Gordon – will he survive or not? – to have your ABC Minors membership badge was a must back in the 1950s
  55. 55. The Changing City Centre (Leeds) 1950s
  56. 56. Lower Woolshops, Halifax – early 60s 1951. View from Albion Street looking along Boar Lane.
  57. 57. Boar Lane – 1950s
  58. 58. Briggate Leeds – 1940s
  59. 59. Remember the corner shop in your area...?
  60. 60. Corner shop memories
  61. 61. Shopping in the 1940s and 50s – Woolworth’s 1959 a different type of shopping
  62. 62. The world of the self service shop arrived and the SUPERMARKET..... in the 1950s
  63. 63. Canal Gardens, Roundhay Park Leeds – 1950s
  64. 64. Your spiritual needs as well as your social needs were taken care of at the Church and Chapel as seen here in 1949
  65. 65. This local Chapel was thriving but with changing times and with a dwindling congregations this like many other chapels was demolished. Sunday School was the second home for most local children at Lane Head. During the 1950s many other activities took place at the chapel.
  66. 66. Easter events, concerts and Christmas pantomimes were events that all the Sunday School children looked forward to each year.
  67. 67. All the Sunday School children pose for this 1953 chapel photograph – did you have as coat like these children are wearing ?
  68. 68. Sunday School Whit-Walks – 1950s
  69. 69. Can you remember your first motor car or the first time you were taken in one?
  70. 70. We can all remember the age of steam – the diesel train was beginning to replace the age of the steam engine by the end of the 50s
  71. 71. D Day – Diesel Day 2 November 1959 The first diesel trains to rumble in to Halifax, Greetland, Elland and Brighouse stations was on this day the beginning of a new era.
  72. 72. This collection of images date back to 60 years ago which for some of us is a life time. But for some of you those days will seem only like yesterday. I hope these few images have brought you back some happy memories from your childhood days. Hold on to those memories for as long as you can they are very precious.
  73. 73. The End