A WORKING CLASS FAMILY IN WARTIME: EVERY DAY LIFE WITH THE SUTER FAMILY IN LONDON, 1940
With her husband at work, and her children at school, Mrs Suter continues with the day's chores. Here we see Mrs Suter doing the washing in a large enamel bowl in the kitchen of the family home at 44 Edgeworth Road, Eltham. The horizontal line that can be seen through the open window is the railway embankment that runs behind the house. Mrs Suter's mangle can also just be seen through the steam rising from the washing basin. This photograph was taken in the summer of 1940.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.