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Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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