Saturday, 28 February 2009

The Manly Art of Wife-Beating

I can only assume that this is advertising a spanking publication and not a booklet promoting domestic violence. From Modern Man magazine, November 1960.

Jaques Plante

"Hockey's Faceless Wonder", Jaques Plante. From Modern Man magazine, November 1960.

Friday, 27 February 2009

Modern Man 1959

Now, this is what you call a magazine cover:

Jane Dolinger looking positively edible on the cover of Modern Man magazine, December 1959. It's hard to take your eyes away isn't it?

Wednesday, 25 February 2009


The latest thing in subtle stalking. From Esquire, October 1953.

Monday, 23 February 2009

Pick Up an Esquire

From Esquire, October 1950.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Jean Lane

From Gent magazine, June 1960.

Friday, 20 February 2009

The Wit to Woo

Before the internet came along, socially inept oddballs depended on these goods to get them laid.
If the first one fails, try the second.

Feel free to send in your suggestions on what these cards might say. I dread to think.

Both from the same page of Swank magazine, January 1962.

The Lost Era of Legs

From Scamp magazine, January 1961.

Bikini Girls

Marisa Allasio, Alessandra Panaro and Lorella de Luca (with the well-done thigh).

From Scamp mgazine, January 1961.

Alka-Seltzer 2

From Esquire, March 1955.

Gloria Love

I would like it placed on record that these images in no way excuse the wearing of tights. All tights should be destroyed. However, there are (or, more precisely, were) times when the practice was acceptable.
If all of the following rules are adhered to, tights are permitted:
  • They are fishnets.
  • They have no 'reinforced gusset'.
  • They are seamed.
  • They are black.
  • They are worn by a leggy female model any time before 1965.

From Scamp magazine, July 1960.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Nylon Semaphore

From Beauty Parade, January 1950.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Jaymar Slacks

From Esquire, October 1950. An Esquire "Mr T" sponsored fashions special.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Pat Mulcrone

From Beautiful Britons, Autumn 1957.

Norman Rockwell and Aqua Velva

From Life magazine, January 1948.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Lady Barbers

Egalitarian as I am, massive childhood trauma caused by my unskilled, scissor and bowl-wielding mother has left me with a deep-rooted distrust of female barbers. These images may go some way to allaying my fears.

From Gent magazine, September 1964.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Greta Thyssen!

From Hi-Life magazine, March 1962.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Mimi Harris

From Scene magazine, June 1961.

Daphne Box

"From Cirencester in Gloucestershire comes Brunette beauty queen, Daphne Box".
From Beautiful Britons, Autumn 1957.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009


It's a tricky thing trying to find a waiscoat with suitable panache in these times. This guide will, I hope, set you on the right path.  Remember; there is never an occasion at which the wearing of brocade is appropriate.
From L'Homme magazine, October 1949.

Speed Graphic

The Speed Graphic, as used by king of reportage photography, Weegee. From Photo Technique magazine, February 1940.

Beauty Parade, January 1950

Magazine cover art by Peter Driben. Vol.8 No.6

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Patricia McGregor

From Beautiful Britons, Vol.4 No.47, unknown year.

Monday, 2 February 2009


From Stag magazine, Summer 1946.