Post-War Britain was drab and dreary

Just watching The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) on TV and recalled watching it at the Cinema, as a kid.
One of its main attractions was that it was in colour.
Post War there was very little colour and although Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a 1937 film, it still created mile long queue’s to see it, with people staying in the queue to catch the following showing.
It’s difficult to express the dearth of colour but consider that Bonfire night was a major event, as was Xmas, Empire day and any National celebration such as the Coronation (a box-office smash Colour Film, at the cinema).
Weeks before Xmas were taken up using coloured paper (dull colours by modern standards) to make Xmas decorations.
Other celebrations called for bunting and the painting of kerbstones in red, white and blue.
The most popular sweets were the multi-coloured dolly mixture and liquorice all-sorts.
Cadbury’s chocolate came in a brown paper wrapper with a dull purple logo printed on it but that had chocolate in it, for those, who could afford it.
The big changes came with aniline dyes (mainly late 50’s) and polythene (60’s plastic daffodils with Persil) and colour TV. My first sight of one was 1969, passing an open door and seeing Star Trek. Note that the uniforms were plain vivid colours, with very little detailing to mask those colours).
Nowadays, of course, colour is everywhere;in fact were so sated that most films seem to be shot with only candlelight to help you guess who’s doing what.
Yes! I remember the Good Old Days; what a drab and dreary world it was.


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