I am not quite sure how, but the other night, trolling around the vintage blogosphere, I spotted a reference to this BBC series — 1940s House — and now I have my DVD set from Amazon on the way. Pretty much every day I get into a conversation with someone about whether “times are worse today than they were for our parents and/or [fill in the blank to any decade past]”. I have my *opinions*, but I have not dug up actual facts to support my own personal hypothesis. Even before I would, though, I’d want to discuss: What specific aspects of life are we going to measure to determine what may be *better*, exactly, or what may be *worse*? We need to have a discussion around these assumptions and parameters first, I think, to then be able to measure and compare now vs. then.

Anyway: In that vein, I love the concept of this TV series. I guess you’d call it a retro-reality show: A family is put into a constructed environment recreating what it was like to live in the midst of WWII England — housing, food, amenities, technology … or lack thereof. They must deal. I can’t wait to watch.

  1. brneyedgrl80 says:

    I remember hearing about the colonial show and found the concept very interesting.

    Related, I remember awhile back that MTV had a show in similar concept but they had young adults living in a 1970s environment. The show could’ve gone farther than what they did with it (it became more of a reality drama-filled show).

    Even though the 70s may not seem that long ago for some (before my time) the technology has changed quickly enough to make it a bit harder for people to adapt backwards. I can only imagine trying to adapt to the 1800s or early 1900s, especially if they apply socioeconomic and gender roles too.

  2. Beti says:

    Have you all heard about this gal, Carolyn Ekins?


    She’s using a wartime ration plan to lose weight and live more simply in the process. I’ve just started reading her blog but it sounds like she’s staying right with the strict rations and using recipes from that time. It’s pretty interesting to read about her progress.

  3. Peggy Miniard says:

    I think I offer a slightly different perspective than many…I grew up in central appalachia…south eastern ky, in a coal mining community. My mothers home was constructed from two old camp houses that were moved to the present locaton…check out my blog..my old ky home..and although I was born in the 60’s we didnt have plumbing, or central heat…we used pot bellied heating stoves and our fuel souce was “house coal.”. I think how very fortunate I am today, but also, how spoiled our society has become. What is now a “necessity” is quite different than what used to be. Entertainiment used to be “talking and story telling”…..our front porches were our “living rooms”..I think we have it made today…but we need to realize out very lucky we are …and learn to enjoy the simple things…just because they are wonderful!

  4. Sandra Day says:

    i would just like to say how much i enjoy the 19490s, and this is from someone who lives the 1940s full time, the family was great , i would have really love to meet them, but i only find out about them , who it was all over a done,

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