After the hardships and suffering of WW2, Britain began the 1950s with a spirit of hope and rebuilding.
New tower block flats in South London, 1959. You can see the ‘Prefabs’ in the foreground that were used as emergency housing after the bomb damage. Some stlll exist today.
Models show off the latest skirt fashions in a department store, 1956.
A girl proudly shows off the family motorcycle, 1953. You can see the Coronation bunting on the shed, which tells you the year.
Harlow New Town in Essex, 1958. The modern flats had indoor bathrooms and even central heating!
A middle-class mother and daughter in Manchester, 1954. The girl seems to love her new tricycle.
A husband and wife stand next to their new car, 1953. Car ownership was rare for the working classes before then.
Stevenage New Town in Hertfordshire, 1958. The concept of a modern estate with shops and all amenities nearby was first tried out in the many ‘New Towns’ created after WW2.
A family that has just moved into their modern council house, 1958. It must have seemed like a dream home to them.
This smiling lady pushes her baby past a row of recently constructed council houses, early 1950s.
After this, came the ‘Swinging Sixties’. Sadly, all that hope and optimism was not to last.