With the years of rationing rapidly coming to an end, the future looked promising. The Festival of Britain had lifted spirits in 1951 and, as the sweet ration was lifted in time for Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953, the spectacular procession was watched by twent million on television. Although few owned a television set, most knew someone who did, and by the end of the decade 60% of homes had one.
Television was a convenient new form of entertainment. Generations of children had listened with mother on the radio; now it was watching with mother - Muffin the Mule, Sooty, the Flowerpot Men. American cowboy series proliferated, but home-grown productions included favorites like Dixon of Dock Green and Emergency Ward 10. Family shows prospered, especially after Independent Television began in 1955 (along with a stream of TV commercials and those jingles). It made the presenters household names.
Enjoy this look at the past from the Robert Opie Collection!
Gibsons has been a British family business since 1919. They produce the UK's largest range of premium quality puzzles. With firmly interlocking pieces made from 100% recycled board, they produce beautiful images from the finest artists. Proudly entertaining generations!
Finished size: Approx. Approx. 68 cm x 49 cm / 27 in x 19 in
Art: © Robert Opie Collection
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