PERFECT WIVES IN IDEAL HOMES


PERFECT WIVES IN IDEAL HOMES

VIRGINIA NICHOLSON    Book Number: 86844    Product format: Hardback

The title of this book is a nod towards an omnipresent and inescapable 1950s fantasy world where for a generation of men and women marriage and home were the twin pinnacles of aspiration. Virginia Nicholson reconstructs the real 1950s through the eyes of factory girls and Teddy girls, students and housewives, diplomats and immigrants. We meet women who thought you got pregnant if you kissed a man, whose gloves matched their handbags and at a time when femininity was for sale as never before. The dark side of the decade encompassed rampant prostitution, a notorious murder, and the threat of nuclear disaster. It is a narrative of frustration and fear but also of beauty contests, optimism and rock and roll. We step back in time to the back-to-backs and the post-war suburbs where our grandmothers scrubbed their doorsteps. Chapters include How To Get Your Man, House Proud, The Wages of Sin, Every Child A Wanted Child, Gymslips, Blue Stockings, Clocking On, You Might Be A Secretary, Swanky Ladies, Leading Ladies and Sardines In Suburbia. Brilliant research, full of nostalgia and 33 well-chosen archive photos including a dancer from Butlins and an airhostess, 1957. 526pp.
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