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Articles from March 1942

Oh joy, the new scanner has arrived. Unfortunately I am still learning it’s secrets, but at least its a start. I can finally start sharing some images from 1940’s magazines loaned to me by a wonderful reader. First this Magazine from March 1942 –

cover womans day magazine march 1942

What a sweet cover I can’t seem to find detail of it in the magazine, but she looks as if she has just had some bad news….

One of my favourite ads in this magazine is this one of Olviia de Havilland – love that hairstyle!

olivia de haviland cola ad 1940s 1942

I’ll share more ads on the tumblr blog and try and scan a few interesting articles for next time.


Girls Reared in the English Traditon

These photos featured in the Australian Women’s Weekly in October 1939 accompanying an article entitled ‘Girls reared in a Great Tradition’.


According the to the author, Ms Janet Flanner, there were four classes of English women in 1939 –

  • the Royals – a class of their own;
  • the peerage – some who went to university and became professionals,  but others to finishing school and marriage;
  • the lower middle class – they mostly became clerical workers – stenographers and secretaries;
  • the labouring and lower class – the factory workers and servants.

And what separated these classes?  Not just birth, but speech, according to Miss Flanner. “For a cockney girl to climb into the upper class she would be obliged to learn a new language.”  I think I’ve seen that movie!  The war would soon change that idea.

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