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Has any country ever changed so much in 60 years? Enchanting photos show what life was like...
Mail Online ^ | June 1, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 06/02/2012 1:08:38 AM PDT by I still care

With all eyes on the Jubilee, these enchanting photographs give an insight into what life was like 60 years ago when our Queen came to the throne. Discovered in a photographic agency’s archives, they show a world which moved at an entirely different pace. As L. P. Hartley wrote: ‘The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.’ So true.

Crime levels were a tenth of today’s. There were only 2.5 million cars on the road, as opposed to 25 million now. Few homes had phones and only a tenth owned fridges. But storing food wasn’t a problem as rationing did not end until July 1954. Shopping was a daily trail around the butcher’s, the baker’s and the greengrocer’s.

Televisions were rare — there was only one channel — but sales rocketed before June 1953, so the nation could tune into the Coronation.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Society
KEYWORDS: elizabeth; greatbritain; oldphotos
Really love this kind of thing, and want to share it with other FReepers. Somebody posted a US one months ago, and a lot of people enjoyed it.
1 posted on 06/02/2012 1:08:57 AM PDT by I still care
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To: I still care

THAT was nice...!!

Sometimes I wonder about modern technology. Has it hurt us in the long run?


2 posted on 06/02/2012 1:36:17 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: I still care

Wow... what beautiful pics! Thanks for posting it.


3 posted on 06/02/2012 1:39:51 AM PDT by paudio (Post-racial society: When we can legitimately hire and fire a Black man without feeling guilty)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Try mass immigration from countries that have no respect for western civilization, let alone civilization in general.


4 posted on 06/02/2012 1:46:30 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: I still care
IMHO, 60 years hasn't produced a huge change. The biggest change occurred thanks to the industrial revolution.

The electronic revolution is producing another massive change. It is also producing "isolation and wasted time".

I'd sure like to go back to where they were putting my groceries in the car, pumping my gas, stamping my savings account book, the milkman, the egg man.....and everyone says hi....and please and thank you.

5 posted on 06/02/2012 2:18:34 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: I still care

Of course there were also these photos 10 years earlier. Seems like the country changed a lot in those 10 years too.

Blitz Britain: Amazing colour pictures of London under siege from Nazi bombers during World War II

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2016667/Colour-pictures-revealed-London-blitz-Nazi-bombers-World-War-II.html


6 posted on 06/02/2012 2:20:30 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Try mass immigration from countries that have no respect for western civilization, let alone civilization in general....Thank Teddy Kennedy for that.


7 posted on 06/02/2012 2:24:37 AM PDT by Safetgiver
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To: Safetgiver
One day you'll all look at the world us liberals created and say, 'Wow. Good going T.E.D. You really made the world a better place, didn'cha, T.E.D.?'


8 posted on 06/02/2012 2:41:15 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: Brad's Gramma

indoor plumbing has been a blessing...


9 posted on 06/02/2012 3:04:41 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: I still care

When Britain was British, before PC. Now it looks more like the Gaza strip


10 posted on 06/02/2012 3:16:50 AM PDT by yank in the UK ( A liberal mocking Christianity. I asked "why don't you mock Islam?" he replied "Muslims are violent)
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To: Telepathic Intruder
Try mass immigration from countries that have no respect for western civilization, let alone civilization in general.

Yeah, agree with you. I liked those pics of the old England we knew before all of this.
11 posted on 06/02/2012 3:27:34 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: goat granny

And modern dentistry. Not sure about the rest.


12 posted on 06/02/2012 3:39:40 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: Brad's Gramma

That was nice. Beautiful seems like a better time.


13 posted on 06/02/2012 3:45:30 AM PDT by angcat (GO YANKS!)
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To: LadyPilgrim

A pleasant ping..


14 posted on 06/02/2012 3:46:14 AM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: goat granny
indoor plumbing has been a blessing...

And so has modern dentistry!


15 posted on 06/02/2012 4:22:44 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: I still care
Great Britain 60 Years Ago

Great Britain Today

I spoke with a friend living in the UK about a year ago. He told me that average British citizens have finally realized the horror that has been unleashed on their nation by Muslims. The Muslims take the hospital beds, go on the dole (welfare), have tons of children at public expense, get free flats (apartments), don't pay council (like our state or local) taxes, don't pay national income taxes, always protest about their "rights!" and go looking for trouble, commit tons of crimes, practice tribal racism, violate the nation's laws and get away with it, etc, etc, etc.

16 posted on 06/02/2012 4:28:52 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: I still care

Yes, those are lovely pics of a once great country.
England, however, may be going down the tubes faster then the USSA.
Muzies and Africans from former colonies are flooding into the country and destroying it just as the Marxist and Afros are destroying the USA.


17 posted on 06/02/2012 4:33:32 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: I still care

could never get the page to load :(


18 posted on 06/02/2012 4:58:18 AM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: Sacajaweau

I’d say the big change in the character of the English people occurred in the past 60 years—and especially the last 30 years.


19 posted on 06/02/2012 5:03:19 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: I still care
Link not working.

The article is listed on "NEWS" home page with 4 photos (scroll down to find) - here's one:


20 posted on 06/02/2012 5:05:15 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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Blitz Britain: Amazing colour pictures of London under siege from Nazi bombers during World War II

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2016667/Colour-pictures-revealed-London-blitz-Nazi-bombers-World-War-II.html


21 posted on 06/02/2012 5:06:53 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: newfreep

GREAT comment on the “Blitz Britain” page:

“Hitler’s bombers may have done a lot of damage to British buildings, but the previous 13-year government did far more to destroy Britishness. Buildings can be rebuilt; our society, however, is probably beyond repair. - MancMan, Manchester, UK, 20/7/2011 17:40


22 posted on 06/02/2012 5:09:44 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: I still care

Here are a couple of the many good comments:

Idylic. Fantastic pictures. Sure, people went without a lot but most appreciated what they had. I know my parents did, they never understood this ‘new’ world. A close knit family, love, laughter & fun. Hard work, self respect. I was lucky being born in 1957, I have great memories of my safe & loving childhood, I was lucky. So much has changed, some for the better but mostly materially, that alone doesn’t bring love, security or discipline. The culture & ethics in this Country has changed beyond recognition & for me, not for the better. So, if I could go back in a Time Machine to the simplistic days of old England & the people & characters that made it Great, I would.
- Julie , Leicester UK, 02/6/2012 12:36

Everyone that says it was lovely back then - they are the same people that have voted parties that have allowed it to change beyond recognition and stood by and done nothing whilst it has changed so drastically. It was the older generations that made all the changes since the 50’s and 60’s and yet still talk about the good old days, whilst often moaning and slating younger generations. It did not change overnight. It happened under your watch and with your backing in elections. Take a look at the education system, for example, it was changed by the older generations and younger generations have and are paying the price. If it was all so great, why did you allow it to change?
- Susie, London, 02/6/2012 12:31


23 posted on 06/02/2012 5:17:21 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: mc5cents

I don’t know—every time I go to the dentist I wonder why it seems to have advanced so little compared to the rest of our world.


24 posted on 06/02/2012 5:18:41 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: I still care
Color photography really does an excellent job preserving the past and brings you back in time. Imagine if we had this kind of photography available in the 19th and 18th centuries!

My earliest memories of of the mid-1960s and I can still remember what my neighborhood looked like back then. I used to ride my tricycle around the block as a 5 year old and I remember postman, milkman and even the ice cream truck making the rounds. Strangers would hand me lollipops and other candies. These days, that would get you arrested as a pervert!

25 posted on 06/02/2012 5:20:44 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: I still care
If we made drastic changes and got rid of the Social Welfare State, people would have a lot less stuff.

And they'd be much happier.

26 posted on 06/02/2012 5:23:12 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: I still care

That was wonderful. Thanks for posting.


27 posted on 06/02/2012 6:35:23 AM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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To: I still care

Hey there “Great Britain” how is that “Gotha-Saxburg” thing working out for you? This “Queen” and her Spawn are NOTHING more than GERMAN Interlopers!


28 posted on 06/02/2012 7:57:11 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

“Sometimes I wonder about modern technology. Has it hurt us in the long run?”

No, I think I’ll take unfettered immigration and the welfare state for $500 Alex.


29 posted on 06/02/2012 8:42:46 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 9YearLurker
I always thought 200 years to develop self sticking postage stamps was due to brain rot.

But we still make butter the good old way....One of God's magnificent gifts.

30 posted on 06/02/2012 9:30:00 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: I still care

Thank you so much for posting....bumping


31 posted on 06/02/2012 12:41:06 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: I still care

Thanks very much for posting this! My husband was stationed in Suffolk and Norfolk for 11 years and we traveled all over and so this was very interesting to both of us and our (adult) kids!


32 posted on 06/02/2012 3:00:24 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: I still care

If you like this sort of thing I recommend that you read the Miss Read books, the Thrush Green Series and the Fairacre Series.

Back when people had class.


33 posted on 06/02/2012 3:09:47 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: US Navy Vet

The present House, in real terms, has been on the throne since 1714.

If they aren’t English or British by now, how long do you think it will take?


34 posted on 06/02/2012 5:16:53 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: JediJones

Incredible! Thanks!


35 posted on 06/02/2012 5:40:10 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: angcat; Brad's Gramma; paudio; ILS21R; newfreep; CatherineofAragon; JediJones; LadyPilgrim

Try these also:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2036932/New-York-City-photos-Charles-W-Cushman-reveal-1940s-life-Big-Apple.html

http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/07/26/captured-america-in-color-from-1939-1943/


36 posted on 06/02/2012 6:34:11 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: newfreep

Hmmm. It’s popping up for me. Check my post 39, also. Maybe some of them will work - they are also great photos of the past.


37 posted on 06/02/2012 6:37:19 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: newfreep

Whoops, that’s 36. Can’t count today...


38 posted on 06/02/2012 6:39:24 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: I still care

I have seen the NYC one I was looking for my Great Grandparents LOL.


39 posted on 06/03/2012 5:12:59 AM PDT by angcat (GO YANKS!)
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To: I still care

http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/most-powerful-photographs-ever-taken

Think I’ll post this to the thread also. And then I’ll bookmark it. Some great photos here!


40 posted on 06/03/2012 1:07:12 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: SkyPilot

One of the comments at the link:

What´s most shocking to the modern eye is how ENGLISH the crowds are. To see a crowd, especially of young people, all of our own nationality is a rare thing nowadays. How sad that this should have happened in this country. Oh well, “God Save the Queen” (who never spoke out or lifted a finger while her own people were shunted aside as irrelevant anachronisms in their own land)!


41 posted on 06/03/2012 4:06:02 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: I still care

Thank you for the ping to other photos. Very interesting and pleasant to see.
Brings back a lot of memories of photos seen as they took place.
Although some not so pleasant but sad.


42 posted on 06/04/2012 8:54:49 AM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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