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Description: Selection of Kath Sinclair's photographs from 1940s
Collection: 1948 Olympics: Then & Now
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Kath is reflecting on photographs of herself aged just 16 years old. She is sitting with her friends and they all have their hair pinned up, which was a popular style at the time.

In another photograph, she is with her parents wearing a ‘peplum’ style dress with shoulder pads, which gave you a nice waist. It is a fashion that you can see on the runways today, showing how fashions will always come and go. On a Butlin’s holiday in Filey with her friend before she got married and the first without her parents, she wore an all-in-one in blue moygashel. People didn’t have many clothes but anything that Kath owned, she made sure it had shoulder pads. Even shoes had to be bought on coupons. Women nearly exclusively wore dresses and skirts. Trousers were only worn at the seaside and weren’t allowed at work.

 1948 was a special year for Kath and that was the year her twin daughters were born. It was in March 1948, just before the National Health Service came in the following July. Her twins are now of pensionable age but she can remember getting them Christened at 7 weeks old, as babies were baptised very early at that time. Kath wasn’t even aware she was having twins and named them Linda and Sheila. She had already thought of the name Linda but was stuck for another. Her other daughter ended up being named after the winner of the 1948 Grand National, ‘Sheila’s Cottage’.


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Description: Video interview with Kath Sinclair
Collection: 1948 Olympics: Then & Now
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