Shortly after we are born the rationing from World War II and the subsequent austerity finally ends. Sweets rationing has finished a year earlier and now bacon and meat (somehow considered separate items) are the final items whose removal makes ration books redundant. All ready for us to grow up into a world of plenty which, eventually, we do.
But at the time, the place we are born into still looks as if the war has only recently ended.
The Custom House, 1954. Where some of Liverpool One now stands.
Bomb site car parking in 1954 opposite Blackler’s Department Store.
But of course we see none of this, we’re just born after all. Born only days and streets apart, though we won’t meet for another five years. Continue reading