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The Milkman Amidst Rubble

Written by: George Chittenden : 11 Oct 2019

This interesting photo was taken on October 9th, 1940, and appears to show a milkman delivering milk amidst the rubble in London during the Blitz. At the time London was being bombed every night, and this powerful image told a story, sending a clear message to Nazi Germany of the defiant British character unfazed by the threat of destruction from above. In Great Britain it helped bolster the country’s confidence, preparing millions for what lay ahead

A milkman delivering milk amidst the rubble in London during the Blitz.

A milkman delivering milk amidst the rubble in London during the Blitz.

Of course, this image is actually completed staged and the milkman wasn’t a milkman at all. In actual fact he was the assistant of the photographer who took this rather famous image. Quite understandably British censors were struggling to keep the nation calm and were forbidding to allow images depicting the scale of destruction which was being caused by the Luftwaffe.

The photographer who took this iconic was Fred Morley, a photographer for Fox Photos. Most photos of the destruction were being rejected so Morley figured out a way to please the censors. He borrowed a milkman’s coat and a crate full of milk bottles from a milkman he’d seen in the area and simply asked his assistant to pose for the photos. The truth behind this staged image didn’t come out until years after the war had ended, and of course by then it didn’t matter.

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