From The Library: It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow

Extend­ing from Tues­day’s music of the inter-war peri­od, today Elrik Mer­lin plays selec­tions from the WWII years and the 1940s in gen­er­al… a time of war fol­lowed by a time of aus­ter­i­ty in the UK.

The post-war peri­od also marked a change in British social atti­tudes, as many wished to car­ry over the com­mu­ni­ty spir­it of wartime into nor­mal life. After the war, the incom­ing Labour gov­ern­ment imple­ment­ed many of the ideas in the ground-break­ing Bev­eridge Report of 1943, despite the fact that post-war Britain was vir­tu­al­ly bank­rupt (in addi­tion, US loans were sus­pend­ed fol­low­ing the Labour win and had to be rene­go­ti­at­ed, with stiff terms).

The result was the intro­duc­tion of the world-lead­ing Nation­al Health Ser­vice, Social Secu­ri­ty and valiant attempts to elim­i­nate Bev­eridge’s “five giants” of Want, Dis­ease, Squalor, Igno­rance and Idle­ness. Great insti­tu­tions were found­ed and major indus­tries were brought into pub­lic own­er­ship in a broad, pro­gres­sive social con­sen­sus that was to last across par­ty lines into the late 1970s.

The image above show a poster from 1942 by not­ed design­er and graph­ic artist Abram Games fea­tur­ing Fins­bury Health Cen­tre in Lon­don. The title of this arti­cle, It’s A Love­ly Day Tomor­row, comes from the song of the same name writ­ten by Irv­ing Berlin for the 1941 polit­i­cal satire, The Louisiana Pur­chase. Two ver­sions appear in today’s show: one by Frank Sina­tra and the oth­er, a big hit in a Britain look­ing for­ward to the future, by Vera Lynn.

• From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Cale­don Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Sec­ond Life ref­er­ence libraries in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Cale­don Library Web site, or one of their loca­tions in-world.

You can lis­ten now at — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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