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Perfect wives in ideal homes : the story of women in the 1950s

By: Nicholson, Virginia

0241958040 / 9780241958049
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20 cm xviii, 526 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white)
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Viking, 2015.

In Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes, Virginia Nicholson tells the story of women in the 1950s: a time before the Pill, when divorce spelled scandal and two-piece swimsuits caused mass alarm. Turn the page back to the mid-twentieth century, and discover a world peopled by women with radiant smiles, clean pinafores and gleaming coiffures; a promised land of batch-baking, maraschino cherries and brightly hued plastic.

A world where the darker side of the decade encompassed rampant prostitution, a notorious murder, and the threat of nuclear disaster.

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes reconstructs the real 1950s, through the eyes of the women who lived it.

Step back in time to when our grandmothers scrubbed their doorsteps, cared for their families, lived, laughed, loved and struggled.

This is their story.


1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain, 3JJPG c 1945 to c 1960, HBJD1 British & Irish history, HBLW3 Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, HBTB Social & cultural history, JFSJ1 Gender studies: women

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