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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Back in time for dinner - 1950's


Thank you to my lovely friend Sue who shared this You Tube link on Facebook.

"One British family embark on an extraordinary time-travelling adventure to discover how a post-war revolution in the food we eat has transformed the way we live." BBC Two
   
There are more in the series if you are interested J
I love You Tube!




Enjoy!

15 comments:

  1. I will have to watch that, Tania. I was growing up in the 1950s. It does sound a long time ago now. :-)

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  2. I watched the 1950's segment. Oh my. The first thing that struck me was the announcer saying that after WWII, the women left "important" work (working at factories and such) and went back to the "drudgery" of the kitchen. I can see that it was very demanding work, especially with food shortages, but really now, I think the care and feeding duties for 5 other people that fell on the homemaker were just as important, if not more important than working in a factory! Not much respect and admiration for the 1950's homemaker, and actually, it's still that way in 2015. I also noticed that with the food rationing, surely the country people with animals that would produce meat, eggs, milk, cheese, etc., were most likely far better off nutritionally. What an incentive to grow a little garden in your backyard and have a few chickens! We can learn from the post war era... grow what food you can and learn to depend less on the grocery stores! I don't think there was such deep rationing in the U.S. during the 1950's like there was in the U.K. Also, I heard the wife (what a delightful family, especially the husband!) say she was Jewish. I wonder was there also the remnants of Jewish persecution in the U.K. like there was elsewhere across Europe? I've begun watching the 1960's series...

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  3. "In 1962, only 1 out of 3 households had a refrigerator". WHAT???? My grandmother had a refrigerator in the 1950's, perhaps as early as the 1940's...

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    1. We didn't have electricity until 1974. We purchased a fridge back then and my parents still use it today. Before that they had kerosine fridges :)

      xTania

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  4. Loved it Tania!
    I was born in the UK early part of the war & I know my mother Di a wonderful job feeding us 4 children.
    We had a large back garden, she grew vegetables, had fruit trees & kept rabbits & chickens.
    Thank you & Sue for putting up the link.

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  5. Thank you so much Tania for sharing this, I really enjoyed it and wanted to jump inside my computer and show them how to use the tin opener. I was born in Australia in 1951 and the 50's were a wonderful time for me.
    Blessings Gail.

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  6. It is an interesting series - I feel sorry for the poor Jewish lady having to cook pork

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  7. Just finished watching it Tania. I had a smile on my face the whole time. Loved it. I'd like to think I'd cope a little better than this family.

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  8. I am glad you all enjoyed watching this. I must get to watching it all myself. I have been really busy this past week with visitors and trying to finish things in the veggie garden...

    xTania

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  9. Tania, I just watched that as well. It was absolutely fascinating. Like Wendy, I think I would have coped better. Why wouldn't she have pan fried the bread and dripping to make it more interesting? And why didn't they harvest more from their vege patch to liven meals up? Some of it just made me cry. I never knew that rationing continued for 14 years. And the gentle acceptance of the situation they'd had to live through, by the older ladies who visited, was just touching in some way I can't describe. You have to admire their strength and tenacity through such a difficult period in domestic history really, don't you. Never again will I wish for a 1950s kitchen. At least not one like that! Thankyou for sharing. Love, Mimi. PS. A great week in your garden!

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  10. Me again. I hope you don't mind but I've also shared this with a Savings community we both know of. I've linked back to here. Love, Mimi xxx

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    1. I don't mind at all Mimi, I've only watched one episode so far. Limiting my time on here...

      xTania

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  11. I watched this series and have to say that I laughed most of the way through it. I was born in 1951 and we grew most of our own food. I do think that the family was chosen because they were not the type to manage perfectly, that would not make for "good tv". The wife was hopeless in the kitchen and her daughters seemed to be emulating her. Whereas I was taught by example how to grow veg, deal with rabbit and fowl carcasses and squeeze a pound till it squeaked.

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    1. They are good fun to watch Pam. I would love to do something like this so I could get the feel of how life was back in 1950's :)

      xTania

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  12. I'll have to watch that thanks for sharing! There used to be a show on TV called The 1900's house. where a family was chosen to live in a modified house as if it were the 1900's I love history and was fascinated by it. I think you can watch it on YouTube as well. x

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