October in the 1950s: Woman’s Own Magazines

It was like revisiting some old friends when I found these magazines out of the attic earlier this evening. It’s literally been years since I looked through any of them. I’d forgotten about the soft focus fashion, housewifely advice and gorgeous illustrations accompanying the obligatory romantic short stories. It seems a gentler, easier world than the…

’70s and ’80s Magazines for Sale

Regular readers will know by now my love for all things of yesteryear. My decade of choice is the 1950s, though I will go to the ’60s and late ’40s at a push. I do have some magazines from the ’70s and ’80s but they never get read, so I’ve made the decision to sell…

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…

Between Friends: Ben Ostrick

 As many of you will know, as well as an obsession for West German Pottery, my love of illustration from the ’50s and ’60s is growing. Although I’ve not featured anything on here for a while, I’m still madly in love with my collection of vintage women’s magazines and read them frequently. Today I felt…

Vintage Woman’s Own Magazine: July 1952

Greetings from 1952. This week, we have some ‘Romantic Fiction’, ‘Vera Lynn’s story’ and ‘Two Gay Summer Jumpers’; goodness only knows what Google Search will make of that last feature. There are going to be some very disappointed visitors to this blog… “Gone with the wind: We have all heard of flying saucers, but have…

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….

Present Parade: Scheurich 414

A couple of weeks ago, I bought another massive stack of vintage magazines from the same man I bought them from last summer. When we got gome, I excitedly grabbed a magazine off the top of the pile and flicked through. Imagine my amazement when the page above appeared! Proof that in 1967, West German…