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Happy family, about 1948

Happy family, about 1948

The happy nuclear family was strong in mid-20th-century New Zealand. This poster from 1948 shows a father still in his work clothes helping his older daughter construct a doll's house. The beautifully groomed mother is entertaining the younger daughter. The poster supports a campaign to retain the six o'clock closing of pubs. It suggests that early closing means that men have little time to spend their money on alcohol and instead put it in the family coffers, improving home life as a result. In reality, many men drank as much beer as they could before pubs closed at 6 p.m.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-C-ALCOHOL-Hours-1948-03

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Lesley Patterson, 'Parenting - Mothers, fathers and parenting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 April 2023)

Story by Lesley Patterson, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 26 Jun 2018