I have been asked by one reader about home interiors during the war, as he hasn’t been able to find any books on the subject. I don’t know of many books about wartime homes or interiors either, and that’s probably because not many houses were built during the Second World War, so houses were mainly those built before or during the inter-war years. There was no single identifiable ‘wartime’ house.
During the war things like building supplies were in short supply, if they could be obtained at all, and furniture and fabric was rationed. The average wartime house was built, decorated and furnished in the thirties, and stayed in the same style, often with exactly the same furnishings until rationing ceased after the war.
I have noticed that wartime women’s magazines have about half the amount of pages of their prewar selves, and this is often be aide things like decorating featurs and ads do not feature. I thought it wise, therefore, to go back and look at the start of 1939, to see what was trending in the few months before war erupted.
To be continued…..