David Spenser; Anthea Shirley Askey; Richmal Crompton; Derek Rock

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David Spenser; Anthea Shirley Askey; Richmal Crompton; Derek Rock

by Jimmy Wilds, for Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 7 June 1948
8 in. x 10 in. (203 mm x 253 mm) image size
Transferred from Evening Standard Library, before 1983
Photographs Collection
NPG x184340

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  • Keystone Press Agency Ltd, Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 190 portraits.
  • Jimmy Wilds (active mid 20th century), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 11 portraits.

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Current affairs

Prince Charles is born in Buckingham Palace; he is the first son of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh
The Secretary of State for Health, Aneurin Bevan, introduces the National Health Service. Health services in Britain were now funded from central taxation and free at the point of use for every resident of the country.

Art and science

The First Morris Minor car designed by Alec Issigonis and his team (also responsible for the Mini) takes to the road, becoming a popular and classic English design.
F.R. Leavis publishes his influential study of the English novel, The Great Tradition. The book set out Leavis's ideas on the proper relationship between literary form and moral concern.

International

The policy of Apartheid is adopted in South Africa. Apartheid was a set of laws allowing racial segregation and discrimination against the black majority by the white ruling class.
As part of the dispute between Western and Soviet controlled Berlin, the Soviet Union blockades West Berlin, cutting off supplies. Anxious to avoid a conflict, America, Britain and France responded by flying in food and other provisions.

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