Mabel at Hastings, a 1930s Teenage Diary
Mabel at Hastings
Transcribed and Edited by Robin Squire
48 pages on glossy A5 paper
Illustrated with monochrome photographs
Published by Robin Squire
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Mabel At Hastings is an authentic vintage teenage holiday diary from August 1930, illustrated with selected period photographs.
From Kew To Hastings
Rich in historical observations, it is a detailed account of Mabel and her best friend Dorrie’s summer holiday visit to Mabel’s aunt at the seaside, from their homes in Kew near London. Mabel celebrated her 14th birthday during their stay. It is a charming cameo, wonderfully evoking the atmosphere of the era between the First and Second World Wars: how the girls amused themselves, what they wore, and what they ate.
The diary makes fascinating reading, enabling teenagers and adults to compare teenage holidays today with those of the 1930s. It is a glimpse into teenage life without smartphones, computer games, Facebook, Twitter and television.
Within five years of the holiday Dorrie would die in tragic cicumstances, and Mabel would be married, with the first of six children on the way.
Extract from the Introduction
Extract from August 17th 1930
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