Striving for Victory – Beauty is your Duty


Despite the hardships and shortages faced by women in wartime Britain, women worked hard to look good. Women were told that “Beauty was their duty!” and a great deal of effort went into keeping up appearances. In addition, there were opportunities to escape through entertainment – radio, books movies and dances.

During the month of February, we are beginning our challenge by learning more about life on the home front while setting the mood with a little bit of role playing. Since my friend H and I have been playing make-believe together since we were 5 years old, we figured that we may as well jump right in and record our experiences through a series of letters between sisters living in 1942.


This month’s challenges:

  1. To learn as much as we can about life on the home front during World War Two.  I’ve included some of the resource I will be using at the end of this post.
  2. We will explore some of the entertainment of the time by watching movies that were popular at the time or reading books that were published during the 1940s. And if the opportunity presents itself, go dancing!  My own personal challenge will be to read a book a month for the duration of this challenge. What ever diversions we choose, the focus will be on learning how these pursuits helped during war time and how they can continue to enrich our lives in 2018 and beyond.
  3. One good way to learn more about someone is to walk a mile in their shoes and we are going to try this in a very literal way by breaking out the red lipstick and putting our hair up in Victory Rolls. Because many of those items were difficult to obtain, we are going to try and recreate those conditions by obtaining our costume items either using loyalty points, begging, borrowing or in some other way that does not rely on cash. We will be taking pictures of our final results.

If you want to join in, please do! We would love to hear about your experiences. If you have a wartime story to tell, please leave a comment. Stories are an important way to keep the memories of our mothers and grandmothers alive. And one more request, if you enjoy or find value in any of our posts, please consider making a donation to Sheepdog Lodge to support those for whom the horrors of war are not in the past.

Additional Resources:

  •  A good list of books published in 1942 can be found here:



Don’t forget to check out your local library for books as well!

  • Google and Youtube are both great resources for movies. Your local library might also have DVDs available. I’ve also tried to put together a Youtube playlist.  We will see how that works out.
  • War Time Farm

(Ruth Goodman has my dream job)

  • War Time Kitchen and Farm
  • The 1940s Experiment (an excellent blog!) posted a link to this collection of helpful videos:
  • I have also heard that The 1940s House is really good. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a place I can watch it (for free) in Canada.
  • Our Pintrest board

If you have any other resources we can tap into, please include them in the comments.



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