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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Woman and Home

Here are a handful of illustrations taken from two issues of Woman and Home that I turned up amongst a pile of other magazines. Many magazines had given up on illustrations by the mid-1970s, favouring photographs. Women's magazines, on the other hand, continued to feature beautifully drawn illustrations for their fiction.

The following selection is from only two issues but there's an astonishing collection of similar illustrations in a book called Lifestyle Illustrations of the 1960s compiled by Rian Hughes which is due out any day now. I had the good fortune to see an early preview of the book—I kept bumping into Rian while he was researching the illustrations and I was working on some of the Carlton collections—and if these pictures intrigue you, the book will blow you away. Hundreds of illustrations from Woman, Woman's Own, Woman's Journal, Homes and Gardens, Honey, Petticoat and others. 580 gorgeously illustrated pages, full-colour throughout.

(* Illustrations © IPC Media)

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