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Alma Reville; Alfred Hitchcock
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bromide print, 25 October 1955
9 5/8 in. x 7 5/8 in. (245 mm x 193 mm) image size
Transferred from Evening Standard Library, 1983
In the year this photograph was taken, Hitchcock embarked on the first of two television series: Alfred Hitchock Presents (1955-61) and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1961-5). Introducing the programmes in person, his features became universally known and all the more eagerly sought in his hallmark momentary film appearances. Photographed on board the Queen Mary, 25 October 1955.
Robert Anthony Eden becomes prime minister. In May 1955 Winston Churchill resigned due to ill health. His successor proved to be a similarly popular leader, winning an increased majority at the general election that year. Eden's popularity was due to a combination of his long wartime service, good looks and charm.
Art and science
Mary Quant introduces the 'Chelsea Look' with her Bazaar boutique. In the 1960s Quant was a major contributor to 'swinging London' introducing some of the seminal items of 1960s fashion: the miniskirt, hot pants, paint-box make-up and plastic raincoats.
West Germany joins NATO, prompting the East European Communist counties to respond by forming the Warsaw Pact. The signatories of the Warsaw Pact pledged to defend each other if any member was attacked. This development was a major event in the Cold War as it firmly established the East and West as opposing military powers.