BRITAIN IN THE YEARS immediately following the Second World War was a bleak and rather exhausted place. The nation had put up with the austerities of wartime; it had obeyed the government’s exhortations to make do and mend clothing to avoid importing cotton; food rationing had imposed a frugal diet; most household furniture was old-fashioned and worn-out – new furniture in wartime had been restricted to newlyweds and families that had been bombed out of their houses, and was made to designs approved by the government’s aptly named Utility Furniture Scheme.
As the economy began to improve, so the ...
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