As you may know, we have the fantastic Notting Hill Mystery cycle ride coming up on 31 October and with its 1940′s theme in mind, we thought we’d look back to that period to get you in the mood…
What kind of music, films , fashion and of course, bikes were popular and are still most evocative of that decade? Well, we’ve been discussing it here at Bikeminded towers and after much argument, we’ve come up with a few ‘best of the decade’. What do you think?
Citizen Kane is often cited as the best film ever made and who we are we to disagree? Except of course, ‘The Bicycle Thieves’ was also released in the 1940s and bicycle-bias aside, it is an incredible film and the best of the decade.
Glenn Miller’s ‘In The Mood’ came out in 1940 and its ‘new’ upbeat swing feel turned out to be one of the most popular and one of the best songs of the period.
Although much can be said for the more conservative 1940s tweed fashion which if you are a cycling fan, is still quite current in the fantastic Tweed Run, the best fashion of the decade here simply has to be Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ which revolutionised the fashion world and is still hugely influential today.
What about this rather stylish 1948 Atalante Gent’s bicycle? (image courtesy of the Online Bicycle Museum)
(Everybody likes a celebrity) on bikes
Rita Hayworth & Glenn Ford providing a little Hollywood glamour (image courtesy of ridesabike.tumblr.com)
So, what do you think of our ‘best of the 1940s’ choices?
And now you’re in the mood, if you haven’t already got your ticket, visit Notting Hill Mystery and we’ll see you on Wednesday 31 October!