Merry Christmas from the 1950s!

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There are some beautiful covers and images from the 1950s contained within the pages of my vintage Woman’s Own magazines:

Woman's Own December 11th 1952
Woman's Own December 11th 1952
Woman's Own December 18th 1952
Woman's Own December 18th 1952
Woman's Own December 25th 1952
Woman's Own December 25th 1952
Woman's Own November 24th 1955
Woman's Own November 24th 1955

 There are so many gorgeous images in these Christmas specials that I just can’t show them all. I took nearly a hundred pictures! So, I will choose my favourites to wish you all Merry Christmas with. Huge thanks and best wishes to everyone who has followed my blog over the last few years. I hope these pictures help get you into the festive mood for tomorrow.

The advertisers of the 1950s seemed to promote a ‘fake realism’ quite strongly. By that I mean, that each image seems intended to portray a realistic lifestyle want or need but quite often in a fake-looking way. Christmas seems to give them an excuse to release some imaginative advertisements; yet for some of them, I can’t help but feel it’s an excuse to ‘bung’ on a few Christmas graphics and see how it sells:

Vintage Hoover Christmas advert
Just what I've always wanted...
Vintage Kleenex Advert
Vintage Kleenex Advert
Vintage Wall's Ice Cream advert
Don’t we all eat ice cream at Christmas?
1950s Vintage Rowntrees Fruit Gums advert
1950s Rowntrees Fruit Gums advert

 This next advert was a very pleasant surprise when I was searching the magazines this morning. As a child, Enid Blyton was my absolute favourite author. I have very many happy memories of sitting reading The Famous Five, The Naughtiest Girl, The Enchanted Tree, Malory Towers, The Magic Wishing Chair and many, many more of her books.

Enid Blyton Omnibus advert 1950s
Enid Blyton Omnibus advert 1950s

My favourite advert is probably this one:

1950s Kia-Ora Fruit Squash Advert
1950s Kia-Ora Fruit Squash Advert

I just love how it’s one of the least Christmas-related products ever, yet Kia-Ora did a grand job of popping some Christmas graphics next to their bottle of squash and suddenly, even I want to buy a bottle of it for tomorrow!

 
 
Merry Christmas!
 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Rebecca Symes says:

    Hello there, I wonder If you could help me, I’m looking for a picture of my mum on the cover of woman’s own. I’m not sure what month it was but it was in 1959.
    Any help would be kindly appreciated.

    1. littleowlski says:

      Hi Rebecca, my magazines are packed away at the moment. If I get chance, I’ll dig them out to have a look which ones I have for the year. Emma

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