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Old 02-17-2014, 10:33 AM
 
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Default Was Britain "impoverished" in 1967?

I was recently watching an old Pathe newsreel about the sale or the RMS Queen Mary to Long Beach, CA. The voiceover said that the sale price of 1 million pounds was very substantial in "impoverished Britain." Was Britain really that poor in 1967? I would have thought that by the late 60s the postwar recovery would have been in full-swing.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:37 AM
 
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My hunch the UK was still recovering. WWII cost europe generations.
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:03 AM
 
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There are people round here only ten years older than me who remember outside toilets and a tin bath in front of the fire. Even here in the wealthy south east there was slum clearance as late as the 1980s. Not everyone was poor, but the transformation in the last 50 years has been quite remarkable, and sometimes we forget how lucky we are today.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:41 PM
 
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I lived in near Liverpool in 1967, husband in construction worked 45 hours a week plus overtime received approx 60 pounds a week. We bought a small dorma bungalow for 2,400 pounds, i had a part time job 20 hrs a week and received 5 pounds after tax.
We didn't own a car but eventually bought an old second hand car in 1968.
We had to save all year for a two week holiday in Bournemouth or Torquay.
lets not forget it was 'the Summer of Love" Radio Caroline, Mommas and the Poppas, Beach Boys, The Kinks. People didn't want as much as people today 2 cars, show homes with huge kitchens, hardly used, holidays every 3 months overseas. Designer clothes for themselves and their kids. A different lifestyle altogether.My parents didn't even have running hot water until the 70's it was harder for them.
No telephone until 1969, when we moved to a larger house in another county,sold the dorma for under 4,000 pounds.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:49 PM
 
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In 1967 a million pounds was an awful lot of money anywhere in the world!!!
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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I lived in near Liverpool in 1967, husband in construction worked 45 hours a week plus overtime received approx 60 pounds a week. We bought a small dorma bungalow for 2,400 pounds, i had a part time job 20 hrs a week and received 5 pounds after tax.
We didn't own a car but eventually bought an old second hand car in 1968.
We had to save all year for a two week holiday in Bournemouth or Torquay.
lets not forget it was 'the Summer of Love" Radio Caroline, Mommas and the Poppas, Beach Boys, The Kinks. People didn't want as much as people today 2 cars, show homes with huge kitchens, hardly used, holidays every 3 months overseas. Designer clothes for themselves and their kids. A different lifestyle altogether.My parents didn't even have running hot water until the 70's it was harder for them.
No telephone until 1969, when we moved to a larger house in another county,sold the dorma for under 4,000 pounds.
Holy crap, not even a year's salary!

Impoverished by what standard, anyway - by 2014's standard or the standard of the 1930s-1950s that people will have been comparing it to at the time?
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:12 PM
 
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I do get the impression some people think Britain was impoverished in 1967 because nobody owned an iPad!! :-)
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:26 PM
 
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I don't think there has ever been the average wealth that exists today anywhere in the west. You would have to define "impoverished" to get a rational answer..
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:40 PM
 
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My hunch the UK was still recovering. WWII cost europe generations.
You knw I read a few months ago a brief discussion noting how housing in Britain was still affected by the war. It came across that it was tough for the British economy to get new housing built after the devastation in some cities hard hit by the Luftwaffe.
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Old 02-18-2014, 12:06 AM
 
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You knw I read a few months ago a brief discussion noting how housing in Britain was still affected by the war. It came across that it was tough for the British economy to get new housing built after the devastation in some cities hard hit by the Luftwaffe.
The Government built pre-fabricated cheap houses after the war but many were still living in them for years, i think the plans for the new town of Milton Keynes were in the pipeline in 1967.
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