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…

Vintage Adverts

Just two of these to share today which made me smile for different reasons: It’s not difficult to see why Quaker’s Quick Macaroni isn’t still a staple in our diets…  Savoury and satisfying, apparently. My first thought upon seeing that wasn’t, “Mmmm, delicious!” but: “Worms!” I’m not sure I trust Jane Beaton (cookery expert of Woman’s…

Your House in 1956

We moved about a month and a half ago, and apart from ordering (and receiving) our stove, we’ve yet to start decorating the house. Last weekend, we moved up into the loft room – currently named ‘The Cocoon’ – in readiness of preparations. I’m not sure what Aidan’s got in store for us this weekend;…

Merry Christmas from the 1950s!

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

Little Owl Ski @ Obsessionistas

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be asked by the lovely people at Obsessionistas if they could feature my collection of vintage women’s magazines on their site. The full interview and gallery can be seen at their website here. Obsessionistas is a beautiful website run by Helen and Graham Powell. They feature…

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…

Gerry Fancett: Romantic Illustrations

Before I bring on the beautiful images, I should tell you I’ve really struggled to find any information on Gerry Fancett. I just can’t believe that an artist, a fantastic illustrator, who was so prolific and created such beautiful images can disappear from the public consciousness with half a century. It seems a little strange…

Illustrations: Joe De Mers

Joe De Mers (1910-1988) was an American production artist who spent most of the 1930s working at Warner Brothers, creating production art, before moving onto illustration. In New York, he found massive success with the Charles E. Cooper studio, where he became one of their star artists. His work has appeared in Woman’s Own and Woman…

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…

“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…