Along with collecting (no, hoarding!) books on East Anglia, I also enjoy picking up from antique and collectors shops, East Anglian magazines dating from the 1950s and 1960s. One such recent purchase was the magazine shown below – a 63 year old copy of the East Anglian Magazine from September 1957.
It fascinates me that with these type of magazines, its contributors often wrote about their own childhood, which had occurred some 50 years previously. Thus, in one fell-swoop, a modern reader from the twenty-first century can quickly get transported back to the rose-tinted halcyon days of the author’s Edwardian summers.
The author of one such article, reminiscing about Great Yarmouth in the early 1900s wrote:-
“I can look back upon my childhood with a happiness that is not given to many, certainly not in these days when children have so much done for them and are unable or unqualified to make their own fun and games.”
When reading the article, it amused me considerably that these feckless children he was writing about are now probably in their 70s and 80s and, more than likely, have the same sentiments about their grandchildren! Some things never change…
Here’s the article in full…
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