Leisure
You are looking at: Home : Leisure

How British childhood has changed since the Fifties

When the Queen ascended the throne in 1952, things were a little different...


Posted: 14 May 2012
by Junior











Then                                                                               Now

■  Bread and dripping                                                ■  Sourdough and olive oil 
This greasy treat probably wasn’t kind to arteries.        Artisan bakers and delis have changed our tastes.

■  Butlins                                                                    ■  Boutique breaks 
Holiday camps put the focus firmly on family fun.            Parents are plumping for chic independent hotels. 

■  Made by mother                                                     ■  Designer labels
Many children wore hand-sewn or knitted garments.    Fashion and function are trés important.

■  Perry Como                                                            ■  Katy Perry  
The crooner enjoyed hits such as No Other Love.           Today’s pop princesses are rather more risqué. 

■  Princess Grace                                                       ■  Princess Catherine   
Grace Kelly’s fairytale wedding inspired brides.               Kate Middleton’s dress echoed Grace’s lacy frock.

■  Tweetie Pie                                                            ■  Twitter 
The chirpy character was popular during the decade.     Now most tweeting takes place over social media.

More leisure articles on Junior:

The science of sandcastles

Six top tips for sporting success


Previous article
The rules of rock-pooling
Next article
Shell-seeking with your child


vintage childhood, what was life like in the 1950's, childhood in the fifties, nostalgia, children in the 50's, changes since queens coronation, the good old days, kids, children, what we used to eat, what we used to watch
TwitterStumbleUponFacebookDiggRedditGoogle

Discuss this story

Talkback: How British childhood has changed since the Fifties

First Name:
Last Name:
Email:
Security Image:
Enter the code shown:

I agree to the site's Terms and Conditions & Code of Conduct: