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ISBN: 9781874448846
AUTHOR: Gerald Wasley
Devon in the 1930s (pdf e-book)
Devon in the 1930s (pdf e-book)
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Gerald Wasley draws upon his meticulous research to provide in this book - superbly illustrated with many photographs never before published - a fascinating glimpse of Devon in the 1930s.

The 1930s have been described as the 'forgotten decade' falling as it did between the Great War and the Second World War that was to see the greatest global conflict in human history. For the county of Devon it was the end of an era.

As Gerald Wasley says in his introduction to the book:

One reason for writing this book is to dispel any myth that Devon at this period was a place of red-nosed yokels dressed in frocks, chewing straw, while holding a jar of cider in one hand and a two prong pitchfork in the other. This was the unreal world of comic picture postcards and music hall humour. The reality was of a county of outstanding beauty where the majority of the population lived and worked in the towns and two cities.

The Devon of the Thirties had in many ways settled down after World War I. One of the consequences of the war was that it made people aware of other people’s lifestyles, but the class structure remained, embracing a wide spectrum of society. Thus Devon people continued to live their lives within their social station.

The first chapter of this book takes the reader forward in time, describing Devon during the wartime Forties; that will have a comparative value. The following ten chapters of the Thirties are in chronological order. I have placed my account of the Amphibious Operation at Slapton Sands, 1938, in the appendices, so as not to alter the balance of the text of chapter 10.

The photographs and advertisements used in the book record some of the events of the decade and reflect something of the social climate in Devon at the time. I hope the reader will find this material of interest together with other information I have included that may also be useful as a source of reference.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 1874448841, digital download, 210x297mm, 128 pages. Pdf e-book March 2012.

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