This is England
IMUCH enjoyed the recent issue celebrating 120 years (May 31). My father, Frank Whitaker, was the second-longestserving editor of COUNTRY LIFE, from 1940 to 1958. I was interested to note Clive Aslet’s comment that a decision was made for the magazine to ‘close its eyes’ to the Second World War.
I remember my father telling me that, early in the war, he had published photographs of bombed buildings in England. Service personnel wrote to say they were experiencing the reality first hand and hoped not to see similar articles again; they wanted instead to be reminded of the England they were fighting for. I can only assume the editorial decision was made in response to this plea.
Wartime publishing had its lighter moments—i remember a potential photograph for the Frontispiece arriving wrapped inside precious rashers of bacon, with a promise of more to come. Needless to say, both the photograph and the bacon were returned. Julia Macleod (née Whitaker), Kent
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