Colourful new book on post-war Plymouth
POST-WAR Plymouth was a much more colourful place than many imagine.
And the proof is in the latest book from local artist and historian Chris Robinson.
'Plymouth in the Fifties and Sixties' is his 21st volume and continues a series covering the 20th century.
Chris said: "People think of the post-war period in monochrome because the newspapers and TV were in black and white, but 250 of the book's 500 illustrations are in full colour.
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"I've been writing for The Herald for 32 years, and people bring me photographs and even give me collections.
"I wonder what's still out there to be discovered!"
Chris donated his huge collection of slides to South West Image Bank on condition he could use the images, and says some of them are amazing when reproduced digitally.
People of all ages will find the book fascinating, looking at the fashions, the cars and the changing cityscape.
Chris even managed to track down a photo of the El Sombrero coffee bar, a favourite haunt of Plymothians in the late 50s and early 60s.
Although Chris wrote all the text himself, he says much of it is based on stories from the people who brought him photos, such as construction workers on the Tamar Bridge.
The book, produced and published by the Pen and Ink Publishing Company run by Chris's wife Clare, costs £16.95.