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This blog is dedicated to Malta - my island home. My aim is not to bore you with history but to share my thoughts and a few facts together with a photo or two. For a more in -depth background of the island please go here. The purpose of this blog is not to point out the short-comings of the island. There are plenty that do that already. My wish is to show you the beauty of an island at the cross roads of the Mediterranean, a melting pot of history; a place where fact and fiction are sometimes fused to create unique myths and legends; a country that has been conquered so many times that our culture is a mish mesh of the lands that surround us and of lands far away. I confess that my greatest desire is to make you fall in love with this tiny enchanting island.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Kitchen Called Victory

Valletta (7)

The recent refurbishing of a shop-front in Valletta led to the discovery of the sign above. Victory Kitchens were opened by the Government at the height of WW2 to alleviate the suffering of the population by distributing free food. In 1942 there was a total of 42 Victory Kitchens in different towns and villages around the island. This particular sign had been painted over and forgotten for many years. It has now been restored and serves as a reminder of those bleak days when the world was at war.

15 comments:

  1. That's cool. Local history, world wide history through the local lens, are so important.

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  2. Great shot and history to go with it, Loree. As cieldequimper made reference... world history looks very personal at the local level. It is important not to forget the impact WW2 had on your island.

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  3. Interesting! I didn't know about the Victory Kitchens in Malta. In the US, backyard "Victory Gardens" were encouraged during WW2.

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  4. What a great find! I remember Nanna telling us about these kitchens, she has so many stories from when she was a young girl living here during the war. This is definitely a piece of great history.

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  5. Awesome Loree...I always super enjoy your sharings..marvelous and fascinating!
    Have a happy day kindred!
    Kiki~
    PS:and thanks always for your lovely visits..they are a bright sparkle to my day!

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  6. I love your stories of the island.
    LOVE all the history.
    Thank you. :)

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  7. An interesting piece of history. I was born at the end of the war but I can still remember newsreals of the hardships people suffered for years after. War is a terrible thing we do to one another.

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  8. A piece of picture history - Phantastic! Hugs from Luzia.

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  9. Love the history, but the photo... perfection.

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  10. It's wonderful that history like this is doesn't get lost but gets the attention it deserves nowadays. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Great story. Love how you made the picture almost totally symetric. Great shot :)

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  12. Great image! I knew about victory garden in the USA, but had never heard of victory kitchens, thank you for the history lesson!

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  13. I like the graphics,wonderful design.

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