FOSTER PARENTS PLAN LONDON NURSERY: CARING FOR DISPLACED CHILDREN, LONDON, ENGLAND, 1941
Three-and-a-half-year-old Anga Fitzgibbon, who is half-French, (left) stands in her cot in the sick room of the 'Foster Parents Plan for War Children' nursery in Hampstead as she watches a nurse examine the throat of Mickey Byrne, who has bronchitis. According to the original caption, Mickey has never had a home of his own as his mother, who now works in the laundry of the nursery, was in domestic service. His father was a fire-watcher and was killed in 1940. Mrs Byrne has four children in the nursery.
This unpleasant-looking character is called the Squander Bug, and it was created during the Second World War by artist Phillip Boydell, an employee of the National Savings Committee. The cartoon bug appeared in press adverts and poster campaigns as a menace who encouraged shoppers to waste money rather than buy war savings certificates.
American troops and locals at the Dove Inn, Burton Bradstock, in Dorset, 1944.
In 1942, the first of over 1.5 million American servicemen arrived on British shores in preparation for the Allied offensives against Germany during the Second World War. That year, the United States' War Department published Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain to help soldiers, sailors and airmen – many of whom had never travelled abroad before – adjust to life in a new country.