I picked this up from the Post Office depot yesterday morning. Found on a fuzzy photograph on Ebay in America and costing me the grand total of seven dollars… it’s one of the stand-out images from Lifestyle Illustrations of the ’60s and I’m just a little bit excited about having my own copy. ‘Mother is a Movie Queen’ by Coby Whitmore has to be one of the most stunning mid-century illustrations I’ve ever seen. And to think it was created for a woman’s weekly magazine. It should have been splashed across film posters and billboards across America and England.
The seller did include a tiny, tiny note about the original magazine, but alas I’ve managed to lose it in the packaging! The date was 30th September, 1961 but I can’t remember if it was from Woman’s Weekly or Woman’s Illustrated. I think much internet searching is going to ensue to find out again… or I could just email them to ask.
The pictures are a bit dark thanks to the lighting in our living room Saturday evening. However, the magazine pages are in fantastic condition. I’m thinking of getting them framed, but I can’t decide whether to frame both pages or just the main one.
Isn’t she stunning? Hair, dress, pose; even the ’60s chair is a dream. I’m so excited and pleased with this: it was worth every cent!
If you wish to buy the gorgeous ‘Lifestyle Illustration of the ’60s’, it can be found on Amazon here. The fantastic Today’s Inspiration blog also features guest posts by the ‘historical expert’ David Roach here. I’m just waiting for the ’50s edition to be released now.