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Continuing my Wartime Weekend series.....For details check out the theme.
This shot continues the story of yesterday’s post, so if you missed it click here

“Just as I suspected, these characters are Black Marketeers. Have they no shame? What would I want with “girlie” postcards or stolen watches? Mind you, with their contacts I wonder if they can provide me with some fresh meat for my dinner-party next week? Hmm should I ask?.”

I’d better add in case of legal repercussions this is my work of fiction.

The Black Market was originally a phrase given to the buying and selling of stolen military goods. It later came to include all goods made scarce in WWII. Black marketeers or spivs as they were often known, had their contacts in the criminal community, and with a variety of people who could provide cheap food, such as poachers. During the war, as the blockades and subsequent rationing began to bite, poachers often had access to the only source of meat for some people, and used the black marketeers as their outlets.

As with all this series I have converted to sepia for a feel of the times, and included the original colour version in the WS for your comparison.

Edit: Some people think I should have included the shoes. I have put another in the WS with the shoes included, but I thought on balance the better composition is the one I went with. As these men had now noticed my interest in them they chose to pose. I didn't think I could treat them as models and tell them how to do it.

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