Not quibbling with the general meaning, John, but "austerity" is an odd label for the immediate post-war period. Undoubtedly, it was a time of few luxuries (so similar), but it was also a time of great optimism, surely? The war had just ended, things were getting better. Let's face it, they couldn't get much worse. There was plenty of employment, too. After the war, our leaders certainly had "higher aims and ambitions for us all". Perhaps that is what is really missing now?
I recall the fifties playing hide 'n' seek, marbles, tick rugby, football and cricket. There was never a case of throwing things away because money was tight and so couldn't afford much. Grandad grew veg and spuds and my brother brought home rabbits shot on the farm. As a young lad, Saturdays would be spent going to the launderette with my auntie and then a bath at another relative's house. Most of the family did work with employment widely available. Apart from my very earlier life, there was still much enjoyment full of laughter. As for holiday's, a friend of the family let us use their caravan in North Wales. Most clothes were hand-me-downs. Just after the wedding that I skipped, my relatives put together enough money to buy me a new coat. So chuffed was I, I walked up and down the street showing it off.
No doubt, some people struggling today will look back to tell a new generation how it was in the past, be it 'coloured' up. I know my grandparents used to tell me about their struggles.
Today, I still don't like throwing things away and so try my best to find a good home for stuff no longer needed (charities, relatives, friends etc),
Edited by Saint Billinge, 26 March 2013 - 06:56 AM.