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Trumble's Mum
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https://www.iwm.org.uk/learning/resources/the-1940s-house

I'm planning a wartime home in miniature, though I'm not sure whether to use an existing 1:16 house or push the boat out when our real house is repaired and back in full use (should that be IF?). 

SOMEBODY has inspired me with an on-going creation that is beyond my meagre skills but having a late 30s - 40s house has been a long held dream of mine and I find The Infill blog a real inspiration. I've also discovered the IWM site now shows a much better house of the era than the two rooms they had when I was teaching at St. Judes, across the road from there. - Link above if anyone who hasn't seen it would like a peek. Though born in the 50s, I grew up in a Victorian house that had been left with its latest 'modernisation' done in 1935, but my memory for detail of decor is not what it was and I'd like to go for realism with this.

Does anyone know of any inspirational books or sites? Ones showing real homes of the era, rather than d/h books, perhaps?

Thanks,

 Jenni

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February 15, 2018 at 5:38 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Rosemary
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Shire books cover this sort of thing. They do have a formidable list but there is one on the 1930s house.

February 15, 2018 at 8:26 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Trumble's Mum
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Thanks rOsemary. I didn't know Shires had a 30s booklet. Will look for one now. Jenni
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February 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Jane
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Well, this is a DH book but have you seen Jane Harrop's book on 30s and 40s miniatures? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thirties-Forties-Miniatures-12-Scale/dp/186108501X

February 17, 2018 at 8:54 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Jane
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahzO9LegnS4


February 17, 2018 at 8:58 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Trumble's Mum
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Jane at February 17, 2018 at 8:58 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahzO9LegnS4


Thanks for both your replies, Jane.
Wow! I could live that lifestyle - except that I remember how cold the houses were and would miss DHP&P if I was without my trusty laptop. Our home hadn't moved on some ten to twenty years later, though we did have an indoor loo and bathroom. I didn't have a washing machine in the 80s when bringing up my babies, either, so laundrt is no problem. but the cold bedrooms, I can live without!

My goodness, the Jane Harrop book is pricey now!  I forgot she'd done that one as I chose the Edwardian one instead some three years ago, but I think both books were available on her website for around £12 then.vBut it might be worth the investment.

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February 17, 2018 at 9:27 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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