I wonder if any of your readers could help me. I am writing a book called The 1950s Home to be published in 2009, and am looking for photographs and stories about homes in the 1950s.
If any of your readers have any photographs of their homes in the 1950s showing interiors of any rooms or gardens, and the exterior of their houses, I would be extremely grateful if they could send them to me.
I am looking for images to use with your readers' permission to illustrate my book.
I can't pay a fee, but will of course credit any pictures or text used.
I can find images of advertised or ideal homes, but I would love to know about real homes, and to illustrate the styles and feel of different homes, and what it was like to live in the 1950s.
I would also be interested in your readers' memories of living in houses and flats in the 1950s.
Anything! How older houses were modernised in this decade; what people thought about newly-built accommodation; about high rise or pre-fab homes; how they used their homes; the decor; architectural styles; whether it was easy to pay for home improvements; what they hankered after; what they loved/hated about their homes.
If any of your readers would like to contribute photographs or memories to this project, please could they send them to me at the address below?
Sophie Leighton Metalwork, V&A
Cromwell Road South Kensington