War is over: VE Day

The Library Time Machine

As often happens I had a quite different post in mind for this week but the VE day commemorations reminded me of a publication in our collection, a set of photographs in a loose binding put together by the Ministry of Information sometime during the war. We seem to have just one volume, number 4 in the series. I’ve found this almost random collection of wartime images fascinating so have made a nearly random selection of my own, of images which caught my eye. I started out with the idea of featuring women at war for a reason I’ll reveal later, but there weren’t quite enough so there’s really no proper theme or angle just a few pictures which I hope are unfamiliar enough to be interesting. In the broadest sense of the term these are propaganda images, intended to paint the war effort in a positive light. But I think they…

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2 thoughts on “War is over: VE Day

  1. This brought home something that always occurs to me, whenever I see wartime images like these. The young people in the photos look so much older than they actually were. Perhaps it was just the fashions, or the serious events that were going on, but even the youngest appear to be in their forties.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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