WOMEN’S LEAGUE OF HEALTH AND BEAUTY SUNDAY CLASS, STREATHAM
Women's League of Health and Beauty members at a class in Madeira Road, Streatham during World War II. The League, a fore-runner of the modern day fitness clubs, was founded in 1930 by Mary Baggott Stock and by 1934 had 40,000 members, growing to 150,00 at the outbreak of the war. Vera Calvin has been a member since 1933 and recalls: 'During the war years....new centres were opened for factory and office workers, Civil Defence staff, nurses and service personnel all over the country. In the early years of the war members continued to give displays in aid of charities, or to entertain the wounded in hospital.'Digital image by kind permission of Vera Calvin. From the Lambeth Archives Home Front project 2005.Ref: SPd 4042/2
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