|Holland House, London, 1940|
As a reader of book blogs, chances are you’ve probably come across the image above. I’ve always admired the photo. Nothing stops readers from reading.
But when the photo popped into my mind the other day I thought, “Those men were looters!”
A quick internet search brought me to Books for Victory where Andrew Brozyna speculates that the shot may have been staged and printed in newspapers to help boost British morale. See his post here: Books for Victory: Publishing During WWII: London Bookstore and Library Bombed in the Blitz.
If you visit Books for Victory look around or bookmark it for later perusal. There are some groovy photos of books, people with books, bookstore shots, and lot of interesting bookish history of WWII.