An English family picnic in 1952
When the BBC and others show us photographs and film of life in Britain before the never previously experienced levels of mass immigration which has so changed our society, they invariably, and I am sure deliberately, show us dull black and white photographs and film all of which make Britain appear a drab, austere and generally unappealing place to be. However, as the picture at the top of this article and these pictures from Saturday's Mail online suggest the truth was somewhat different.
As means of comparison, here are some pictures of modern Britain which have received the treatment which the BBC applies to our past - suddenly it doesn't look so "vibrant" does it?
A direct comparison?
Schoolboys and authority figures - then and now
A very different world