Friday, 30 January 2009

Irene Barrow

From Gent magazine, December 1959

Sunday, 25 January 2009


From the Dereta of London catalogue (1956) featuring clothing for the petit lady of 5' 2" and under.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Car Mechanic

Magazine cover from July 1959.

Friday, 23 January 2009

The Girl Who Was Afraid of Her Own Shadow

From Capt. Billy's Whiz Bang Winter Annual, 1937.

Martha Steiner

From Capt. Billy's Whiz Bang Winter Annual, 1937.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Silver Cross Pram

The World's most glamorous mother resplendent in diaphanous skirt and cuban-heel nylons. In Britain the childish media-phrase might be yummy mummy for such an exquisitely turned out young lady but in America, I believe, there is an altogether more unsavoury acronym which I won't dignify by inclusion in this post.

From Esquire, February 1955.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Saucy Small Ads

'Betty Page in High Heels' and more saucy small ads. From Gala magazine, January 1953.

Philips 290U Radio

From Bandwagon magazine, May 1950.

The Floodlit Handbag

Absolute genius. From the Talking Shop section of Bandwagon magazine, March-April 1951.

Tabs Trousers

From Playboy, February 1961.

Wembley Ties

From Playboy, February 1961

Thursday, 15 January 2009


The world wasn't always full of cretins wearing jeans at knee-level.
From Esquire, October 1953

Shantung Dress

" natural shantung with narrow black piping, black buttons and belt. The fitted bodice is severely plain, the full skirt is gathered at waist. By Frederick Starke, £24 4s. 3d. at Rocha; Marshall & Snelgrove, Leeds; Samuels, Manchester. White boater, trimmed black tulle, by Kate Day."
From Vogue, June 1951.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009


Housewifey hilarity from Esquire, November 1955.

Angela Hunt

From Beautiful Britons, June 1957.

Kerry Faye

Australian glamour girl (residing in London), Kerry Faye. From Beautiful Britons, June 1957

Monday, 12 January 2009

Tweed Dress 1949

From a feature on the latest London fashions in Vogue magazine, September 1949.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Some Outrageous Sexism

Some people may already think that displaying the female form for the pleasure of others is inherently sexist. To them I say, grow up. The above cartoons do, however, stand out more misogynistic than most and it is for this reason, as well as the excellent artwork, that I post them.

From The Esquire Cartoon Album, 1958

Vibra-Finger (Full Length)

I'm sure you don't need this 'gum-massager' explaining to you.
From Adam, Vol.5, No.3, 1961

Sweet Gwendoline

An ad for the incomparable Sweet Gwendoline by John Willie. I have the re-print but I fear the wallet may be too empty for an original.
From Adam, Vol.5, No.3, 1961

Sabine Demois

Belgian-born Sabine Demois in perky mood.
From Adam, Vol.5, No.3, 1961.

June Wilkinson 2

From Adam, Vol.5, No.3, 1961