London in the Blitz. Fred French, 66 Chestnut Road, Raynes Park, Wimbledon, London SW20 kept this diary, blogged 69 years later, during WWII and peacetime. He loves music, model aircraft, radios, railways, roses. His sister Theresa (Ciss) goes out to work - Fred does the shopping, etc.
'On this day' and other notes by Tony French.
By the same editor Poems Please Me
15 December 2015
9th-10th March 1946: hundreds queue for BANANAS
9 Sat. Severe black frost, clear air but dull. To Merton in
afternoon to buy fish. Also bought clear dope** at Norman’s. He has now been
discharged from the Air Force and I had not seen him since the beginning of the
war. A shop at Merton had bananas for sale: there was a queue of people 100
yards long and three or four abreast. Took out the R & A speaker from the
radio-gram and replaced it with the Magnavose as the other needs some
**The liquid which is like varnish and which Fred applied to the tissue he put over the wings of model aircraft.
10 Sun. Severe white frost. Very cold day, hazy calm. Ciss went to
Hornsea to see Cousin Will, his wife and two daughters. Ciss could not
therefore take the children to Sunday School. Jean Child was to have taken them
but she is unwell. I started down the road with about a dozen children but
Audrey Child, John and Jennifer then came up so I left them to go along
together. Short cycle ride in afternoon along Grand Drive and Hillcross Avenue.