For those that like to participate in historical reenactments will know that background is very important. I love vintage fashions, but learning about those is not enough. I need to immerse myself in the period to really understand the people and the times so I can better present myself as legitimately coming out of the period.
As the forties are my particular interest, I want to learn about the fashion, the make-up as those affect my ability to appear from the period, but I also need to know the history of the era and the culture: the popular music, the books, the movies (even if a period movie is not particularly well done it does help give context to the period), the radio shows, (I particularly enjoy doing this kind of history immersion) understanding things such as the war time rationing and letter writing between soldiers and home, (I know those are specific for the 1940's, but I am sure that you can find a comparison in your period of choice). I haven't done much research on common foods of the 1940's, but that is another area I should tackle. Knowing these things will help me interact with people better. The better I understand the period as a whole, the better I can answer questions and just act from the period.
So I do love to do this background research on the war era of the 1940's. I particularly enjoy reading personal accounts from this era. I recently finished Love Stories of World War II which is a collection of recollections of couples brought together during the war. It contains quite an array of stories from rapid relationships that led to marriage, war brides, relationships that didn't last, and many others, each a unique story of the couple.
While this research is more extra curricular to the era, I found it very interesting. There are sober reminders of the nature of war and how it can have damaging effects upon the relationship between a husband and wife. All the same, there were some other happy stories of couples that wouldn't have met, but for the war.
I would definitely recommend this book to those who are interested in the personal stories of World War II.
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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