Sugar Day

sugar day

We perhaps think of rationing as a World War Two phenomenon, but it was also in force during World War One.

However, it was not introduced until near the end of the war, in 1918, first of all in London and then extending to the rest of the country by the summer.

This postcard is part of my grandfather George Henry Slater’s First World War archive, currently on display at Derbyshire Record Office. It shows a shop in Derby with an eager crowd of housewives outside. I love the little girl turning to frown at the camera; I wonder who she was? Fashions are changing: skirts are shorter and hats less extravagant.

If anyone can identify the shop, we’d love to hear from you.

Meanwhile, do visit our display on George, at Derbyshire Record Office until the end of April.

Sue Peach

Local Studies Librarian


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