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1940. Niños en un parque de Londres.

1940. Niños en un parque de Londres.

Southend, Essex, 1941. Photograph: Science & Society Picture Library IN LATER YEARS THESE WERE VERY GOOD FOR SMOKIN SOME WEED!

Listening to Britain, edited by Paul Addison and Jeremy A Crang

Southend, Essex, 1941. Photograph: Science & Society Picture Library IN LATER YEARS THESE WERE VERY GOOD FOR SMOKIN SOME WEED!

A sign from the movies in the UK, 1939    http://www.retronaut.co/2012/01/shop-windows-soho-london-1939/

A sign from the movies in the UK, 1939 http://www.retronaut.co/2012/01/shop-windows-soho-london-1939/

Your fella had curry last night too... tch! Me front room reeks Ethel, it's a bleddy disgrace!

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Your fella had curry last night too... tch! Me front room reeks Ethel, it's a bleddy disgrace!

WW2, November 1940; Bristol Blenheim, No. 245 ( Northern Rhodesian) Squadron, RAF Aldergrove. Colour by Doug (@colour_history) | Twitter

WW2, November 1940; Bristol Blenheim, No. 245 ( Northern Rhodesian) Squadron, RAF Aldergrove. Colour by Doug (@colour_history) | Twitter

The Saturday Evening Post, December 1939. Artist Joseph C. Leyendecker did almost 40 years of New Year's Baby covers for the Post.  1940's baby looks to be a British baby clutching an iconic black umbrella while wearing a gas mask  awaiting evacuation, acknowledging the war overseas. Britain had declared war against Germany the previous September.

The Saturday Evening Post, December 1939. Artist Joseph C. Leyendecker did almost 40 years of New Year's Baby covers for the Post. 1940's baby looks to be a British baby clutching an iconic black umbrella while wearing a gas mask awaiting evacuation, acknowledging the war overseas. Britain had declared war against Germany the previous September.

A striking portrait of two civilian firefighters, one male, one female. Both are wearing their Fire Guard armbands, long overcoats and steel helmets. The straps of their gas mask cases can also just be seen. This photograph was probably taken in October 1941.

A striking portrait of two civilian firefighters, one male, one female. Both are wearing their Fire Guard armbands, long overcoats and steel helmets. The straps of their gas mask cases can also just be seen. This photograph was probably taken in October 1941.

British teacher shows her students how to properly put on their gas masks, 1941

British teacher shows her students how to properly put on their gas masks, 1941

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