Mad Men Inspiration from Woman’s Own

I watched the season 3 finale of Mad Men on Thursday night while Aidan was out playing squash for Glossop. Actually, I watched two episodes. In ‘The Grown-ups’ (the penultimate episode), I spotted Jane Siegel wearing this outfit: My eyes immediately turned to the stack of old Woman’s Own magazines by my bed. This magazine was…

Jon Whitcomb: Couples in Love

Not only are my vintage Woman’s Own magazines gorgeous to look at, many of the short stories are illustrated by various well known people. I’ve been surprised by each name that I’ve looked up so far; the sheer amount of work these men produced is staggering! According to AmericanArtArchives.com Jon Whitcomb gained particular popularity for capturing the essence…

Sweet or Savoury? Vintage Bird’s Custard Ads

From Woman’s Own, Thursday September 2nd, 1954: “Fluffy Top Custard 2 level tbsps Bird’s Custard Powder 4 level tablespoons Sugar 1 Egg White 1 pint Milk Mix the custard powder with 2 tablespoons of the milk. Boil rest of milk with 3 level tablespoons sugar. Whisk the egg white very stiffly, fold in 1 level…

Vintage Woman’s Own: Happy New Year!

Is it getting a bit late to say ‘Happy New Year’? I must admit, I’m not one of these people that does say it as a rule, and I find it particularly awkward when someone says it and it’s the 16th of January or some time about then… Anyway, this will be my first and…

Wishing You a (Vintage) Merry Christmas!

How I wish that it was December 1950! I’m attempting to recreate the Christmas feel of a time gone by with these gorgeous images from one of my Woman’s Own magazines. I imagine there will be many chocolates eaten over this festive period: mostly by me! I won’t be smoking though; despite my inclusion of…

Vintage Woman’s Own: Winter Wonders

Today was the first day that I really had that Christmassy feeling. This is particularly amazing for me as I often don’t get into the mood until a couple of days before; perhaps it’s all the frost and talk of snow around the North of England. Whatever the reason, it has inspired me to write…

Adverts from ‘Woman’s Own’

I’ve been up early today. Having managed to catch my dad’s cold, after my parents’ visit earlier this weekend, I woke up about seven feeling a bit bunged up. So for the past hour and a half, I’ve been catching up on X Factor ( I know, I know… it’s a guilty pleasure!); whilst writing a…

Hairstyles from the 1950s

Really, really quick post as I’m supposed to be leaving the house to go to a German lesson… I’m currently trying to grow my hair; however, I spotted these in one of the Woman’s Own magazines and am now wondering if I should maybe keep it short: What does anyone else think?

Woman’s Own Magazine: September 9th 1954

A few weeks ago I bought a stack of 20-odd vintage French magazines, all from the 40s, 50s and 60s and I was beyond excitement. Or excitement in a French sounding way… This morning, I bought forty four – yes, forty four! – Woman’s Own magazines, mainly from the 1950s but some from the 40s…