As I flicked through a 1940 publication called Illustrated, I saw an article called London Carries on. This was a piece containing wartime clippings of everyday people going about their business despite the air raids during World War Two.
I’ve selected 4 wartime clippings, with pictures and descriptions. I’ve also added small sections of the article that I found interesting; the writing reminded me of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.
This 1st clip shows 4 home guards drinking tea in the middle of a bomb site:
This clip shows 2 women with 4 children, a pram and the home guard escorting them to safety:
This 3rd clip shows the bomb disposal unit of the Royal Engineers raising a time bomb from a west London street:
This last clip shows an assistant rearranging a stocking display of a windowless shop front in London:
Here is a selection of paragraphs from the article:
You could easily swap some sentences of London during wartime for sections in present day articles, describing people after the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.