|BRITAIN - The First Colour Photographs|
Britain was still beautiful during the war years - the trees were green, the fields productive with the colours of harvest, the villages contrasting delightfully with the countryside hues - and the scenery was just as stunning in its diversity. In the towns, inevitably more sombre, life went on, with shopping trips needed and occasional entertainments a welcome relief.
The published images of these years, on film and in books and magazines, has always been chiefly monochrome, since there was no colour film available. This book of Britain was the first to be published entirely with colour photographs from the 1940s.
American serviceman stationed in Britain often arrived with a camera, usually a gift from parents eager that their son should retain a visual record of his enforced visit to this foreign land. Some of these camera contained rare colour film.
When off duty, these American visitors would journey far from their bases to experiance more of the country whose troops they joined in allied combat. Not only did they visit the locations that remain on the tourist maps fifty years later - London, Oxford, Cambridge, Stratford, Edinburgh - but also the spectacular landscapes, quaint villages, coastal resorts and the hills and lakes on the other side of the country. This resulted in the type of photographs travellers take today... but these were taken 60 years ago!
Thus, uniquely, we are able to see beautiful Britain in true colour during the years when the country's very future was threatened, but when its towns and landscape still offered the comfort of delightful scenery. This book of the first colour photographs of the war years ever published in this number will jog the memory of the war generations and provide those who are younger with a 'colour full' look at life they have previously only seen in grey monochrome.
Hardback, 160 pages