What a difference a week or two makes… not long ago, it felt like Summer was here again. It’s well and truly gone: as I look out onto an extremely grey, drizzly Glossop I can safely say that Autumn is here and Winter fast approaching. First thing we need to cope with it is some outerwear:
If you have a small child, you’ll need something for him or her when you’re trotting around, all Yummy Mummy-like, in the rain…
But perhaps don’t ask the Umbrella Man to look after them:
No matter how much it was raining, I’d be petrified if I’d woken up to find him on the end of my bed as a child! He’s got no shoes on for heaven’s sake…
On a cold, drizzly day, you also need some warm food to make you toastie in the morning and in the evening:
This one isn’t essential for a rainy day, but it made me smile how they shoehorned it into the advert, just to make it rhyme! That 1950s advert staple: the ‘rhyme’… how it created some truly terrible advertising slogans.
It’s good to know that, for men, there’s a toothpaste to see them through every possibility of life.
Hope your rainy day has been brightened up slightly by these fantastic 1950s adverts. Woman’s Own magazines are a veritable treasure trove of fashion tips, advertising and images. I’ll leave you with a close-up of that slightly odd Weetabix character:
I think this comes from the School of How to Scare Small Children and Red-Headed Women, just like the Umbrella Man…
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I wish that some adverts today had this much artistic skill and a narrative to them. However, I also just love the pure nostalgia of them!