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Max Bygraves performing Underneath the Arches
Trailer of hit TV show Call the Midwife
The original recording of Underneath the Arches, sung by Bud Flanagan, the song's creator, and Chesney Allen
Watching the BBC's smash television hit Call the Midwife, now airing on PBS in the US, has made me feel unaccustomed nostalgia for the 1950s--a decade I've never held simpatico feelings for...until now. The show is set in 1950s London. Maybe, immersed as I am in a world of technology, something in me pines for the simplicity of those early post-war years. A fellow Anglophile recently shared a lovely video with me that conjures up ample 1950-ness, and I've shared the video below. It features the song Underneath the Arches, written by Bud Flanagan, a popular WW II British entertainer, and sung by Max Bygraves, another famous British entertainer of that era. Best of all, the video shows wonderful 1950s, black and white images of Britain. Frankly, photos of "Swinging London," in the '60s, are much more familiar to me, so these glimpses of post-war Britain are hugely fascinating. Delving into 1950s British culture makes me feel like an explorer traveling uncharted territory! So, please, climb aboard my Wayback Machine to watch yesteryear Britain....
I am a writer, artist, and incurable Anglophile! Thank you for reading my blog, and please feel free to join my discussions about Britain. I look forward to hearing your comments and stories!