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Girls Reared in the English Traditon

These photos featured in the Australian Women’s Weekly in October 1939 accompanying an article entitled ‘Girls reared in a Great Tradition’.

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According the to the author, Ms Janet Flanner, there were four classes of English women in 1939 –

  • the Royals – a class of their own;
  • the peerage – some who went to university and became professionals,  but others to finishing school and marriage;
  • the lower middle class – they mostly became clerical workers – stenographers and secretaries;
  • the labouring and lower class – the factory workers and servants.

And what separated these classes?  Not just birth, but speech, according to Miss Flanner. “For a cockney girl to climb into the upper class she would be obliged to learn a new language.”  I think I’ve seen that movie!  The war would soon change that idea.

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About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

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