Coby Whitmore – Mother Is a Movie Queen

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…

You’ve Got to Take a Tonic or Two…

Feeling slightly sorry for myself as I’ve come down with a horrible cold. I’m really annoyed. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend all week, and now I’m probably going to spend it in bed – what a waste! Anyway, to cheer myself up and possibly make me better, I’ve found these adverts from the…

Adverts for Autumn

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…

Woman to Woman: Owners Worry

Taken from ‘Woman’ magazine, week ending January 12th, 1952: “What a nation of grumblers and worriers we are! I guess I used to be the same, but three years of living among the natives in South America took away my grouses. They have practically nothing by our standards, living very primitively, going out to fish…

“Have You a Dress Sense?”

1952 is one of my very favourite years. Admittedly, I’m somewhat biased by the forty five editions of Woman’s Own from that year which are in my proud possession. June 5th, 1952 I really like the model on this front cover. She looks, dare I say it, a bit fuller in the face than the majority of…

1950s Fruit Costume Jewellery

Not that I’m particularly fashionable, but I do love this ‘latest’ idea from 1952: fruit inspired costume jewellery. “Gay, colourfully cunning arrangements of little cherries, oranges, red currants or plums give us the newest, most amusing idea for costume jewellery and emphasize [sic] the colour importance of our Spring clothes.” So there you go. Why would…

Enjoy Easter with Woman’s Own

  Woman’s Own, Thursday April 3rd 1952 How are you all enjoying the bank holiday? I will admit to having done not a lot today. We went for a run this morning, Aidan has spent the rest of the day working on the West German Pottery empire and I’ve… made some soup and watched five…

April Illustrations: Woman 1947

All of these illustrations come from my oldest magazine: Woman magazine from April 26th, 1947. It amazes me that something made of paper can last for so many years. The magazines from the earlier eras are so much thinner than the later editions. The styles in clothes, hair and makeup seem to change drastically as well….

Nurses and Brides: Happy Birthday, Kirsty!

My lovely middle sister is 24 today. In honour of her, this is a post all about nurses and brides. She’s nearly finished training to be a nurse and she and her boyfriend got engaged over Christmas. So, what better excuse than to find pictures of Nurses and Brides from the Fifties? I’m loving the…

Lucia Lerner Illustration

I was reading about Lucia Lerner on Leif Peng’s fantastic Today’s Inspiration blog; a few days later I found this: The illustration isn’t signed by Lucia, but she is credited below the main story: Another good blog about illustration is the Female Illustrators of the Mid 20th Century. They’ve also got a lovely post about Lucia…