Post-War Britain and the First Youth Revolution
WITH their draped suits, suede creepers and immaculately greased hair, the Teddy Boys defined a new era for a generation of teenagers raised on a diet of drab clothes, Blitz playgrounds and tinned dinners.
From the Edwardian origins of their fashion to the tabloid fears of delinquency, drunkenness and disorder, the story of the Teds throws a fascinating light on a British society that was still reeling from the Second World War.
In the 1950s, working-class teenagers found a way of asserting themselves in how they dressed, spoke and socialised on the street.
When people saw Teds, they stepped aside.