Woman’s Own 1950s Easter Covers


It seems slightly surreal to be writing about Easter when the weather resembles the depths of Winter.  Easter equals Spring, birds chirping, drip drip drop little April showers… not, hide indoors because it’s a blizzard outside.

One of the things I love about my Woman’s Own magazines (amongst many) is how the covers vary from month to month, season to season. Many modern magazines are fairly homogenous; these ladies have character, and although the basic format stays the same, there is still an individuality to each one. These Easter issues are beautiful.

Woman's Own, March 17th 1955
Woman's Own, March 17th 1955
Woman's Own, March 17th 1955
Woman's Own, March 17th 1955

The sheep cover reminds me of when we went camping a few years ago at Easter and it snowed! We were on a small working farm, halfway between Llandudno and Conwy. At the time, we didn’t have a car so we’d walked a good few miles to get to the farm, then had about a seven mile walk to Llandudno and again to Conwy (we were at the third point of a triangle between the two if that makes sense). If I remember rightly, the first night there it hailed. Despite zipping sleeping bags together and wearing virtually everything we owned, we were freezing. The next day we walked into Llandudo and it snowed. So we bought a duvet and some scrumpy cider… I’m not sure whether it was the duvet or the cider, but we were toasty that night.

That’s also the night I hallucinated that there were goblins running around the outside of our tent, but the less said about that the better…

Woman's Own, March 4th, 1954
Woman's Own, March 4th, 1954

Bet she never hallucinated about goblins running around her tent…



6 Comments Add yours

  1. Jan Marriott says:

    what I love is the 4 1/2d….

  2. clare says:

    I love them! where do you pick them up from? xxx

    1. littleowlski says:

      Most of these I bought from a man at a car boot sale who had cleared out his late mum’s attic. I bought about 150 from him! Then my boyfriend bought me a stack for my birthday last year, nearly a whole year’s worth from 1952 (I think it was). Slowly accumulating others when I see them.I think they’re amazing! And I’ve basically stopped reading modern magazines since having these! Emma

  3. Fabulous covers, intrigued to know what lies beyond them.

    1. littleowlski says:

      Thanks for your comment, they are pretty fabulous! If you look through my site, or click on the icon for Woman’s Own on the right, I’ve put lots and lots of posts featuring the contents. The adverts from these I’m saving for another post as they deserve focussing on in their own right. Emma x

  4. Love them, those covers! 1954… the year I was born!

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