A WORKING CLASS FAMILY IN WARTIME: EVERY DAY LIFE WITH THE SUTER FAMILY IN LONDON, 1940
Alan Suter helps his mother to climb out of the Anderson shelter that has been constructed in the bottom of the garden of the family home at 44 Edgeworth Road, Eltham, as his sister Doris looks on. Both Doris and Mrs Suter are carrying gas masks. The high banking behind the Anderson shelter is actually the railway embankment, which runs past the family home. This photograph was taken in the summer of 1940.
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.