1939 Ramsgate new Holiday Recipe Book     |      1939 Ramsgate new Holiday Recipe Book     |        Click here to buy the book or veiw our other local books  When I produced this book it occurred to me that the decedents of the people named in it might want a means of communicating with each other, if you click here you can leave comments for others to see, you don't have to join anything or fill in any forms, you can even comment anonymously should you wish to.
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1939 Ramsgate new Holiday Recipe Book
1939 Ramsgate new Holiday Recipe Book

This marvellous Ramsgate guide from 1939, now 68 years ago, produced as a parody of a cookery book encapsulates the atmosphere of the period. You will notice that the cover shows girls in bikinis, these had just started to appear in America on models and film stars although were not common until after World War 2 although you will see a few adorning the bolder lasses in the photographs in this guide.

The French obviously had some catching up to do with Ramsgate, they claim that the bikini was invented by French engineer Louis Réard and fashion designer Jacques Heim in Paris in 1946 and first appeared on July 25 of that year at a fashion show at Piscine Molitor in Paris.

Miss Joydays who shows us many of Ramsgate's attractions and is something of an attraction herself, looks to be about 20 so if she is still alive today would be in her 80s or 90s I would of course be pleased to hear from her or anyone featured in this guide or their relations.

In the spirit of this guide I have added the picture below showing Ramsgate's carnival queen for 1938 Miss Ethel Todd with her two assistants Miss Joyce Allen and Miss Joan Gibbons I hope you will agree with me that this is an important addition.

I have started an interactive website or blog where people who feature in or are interested in a particular book can communicate with each other, so if you go to the michaelsbookshop.com site and find the pages where this book is advertised there will be instructions about how to use this facility.

Reading this book with its optimistic text it is hard to imagine that on August 24th 1940 Ramsgate would be the first town to be blitzed, looking at Dave Richards book about the raid these two aspects of our history, seem now, incredibly incompatible.

As always with this type of guide the advertisements are equally valuable to those of us interested in our history, helping us to identify past uses of Ramsgate's buildings and the past occupations of our residents.

As far as the book production goes, the original was A5 format however the pictures have benefited from enlargement to this A4 format, should any of you think it useful I would be happy to produce an A5 edition.