Monday, March 09, 2015

A window on the past

With Ladybird Books currently celebrating its centenary, this article looks at what we can learn about the last hundred years through the prism of Ladybird volumes. Often they very much reflected the time at which they were published, infused with covert or even overt prejudices (racism, sexism, colonialism) - prejudices that came to be subtly airbrushed out as the century wore on. They're also a fascinating historical document of attitudes towards health and safety, and in some cases of how it was thought the future might shape up.

(Thanks to Alice for the link.)

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