Sunday, July 27, 2014

Butlins Holiday Camp, Clacton, England, post-war

Paul Addison.  Now the War is Over.  A Social History of Britain 1945-51.  British Broadcasting Corporation/Jonathan Cape, 1985.
Woo hoo!  It doesn't get any funner than this!

Butlins camps are still around.  Founded in 1936 by Billy Butlin, a former fairground showman who brought the first "dodgems" (bumper cars) to Europe, using the profits to found his camp.  His motto was "A week's holiday for a week's wages."  Holiday pay for workers had just been introduced, so his timing couldn't have been better.

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