Bringing the past to life with colour

Food on The Home Front

London 1942 (1943)469

A frame from a British Council film, made in 1942, and released in 1943, intended for an overseas audience, showing British life, and countering Nazi propaganda.

The notice on the wall to the right reads:

“THIS WAR-TIME RESTAURANT IS THE GIFT OF G.F.E. BARTLETT & SON KITCHEN ENGINEERS TO THE BOROUGH OF ST. MARYLEBONE DECEMBER 1941”

Restaurants like this were set up, in donated or requisitioned premises, to feed people who had been bombed out of their homes, and also to mitigate rationing, as food could be made to go further when catering for more people.

 

London 1942 (1943)469

Original B&W frame.

 

The film in its entirety, from the British Council.

The Creative Commons licence for the film, which also applies to my colourised frame, can be found by clicking here.

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