War

WWI Wednesday: Wartime Rationing

Don’t Waste Bread! © IWM (Art.IWM PST 13354) It must have been a great shock to the Edwardians to go from extreme lavishness in meals to extreme want during the height of the war. During the early months, food prices soared as Britons fearfully stocked up on basic necessities and other foodstuffs. However, this was …

Continue Reading
War

The ABCs of the V.A.D.

Illustrator Joyce Dennys and humorist Gordon Hampden collaborated on two books of humorous war time poetry. Dennys (1893-1991) was a V.A.D. during the Great War, and her role became a point of inspiration: The Voluntary Aid Detachment started in 1909 when the War Office placed on the British Red Cross responsibility for forming and training …

Continue Reading