As keepers of the book room at an Oxfam shop in North Yorkshire, my parents unearth some fascinating finds in and amongst the multiple copies of Lee Child and John Grisham.
One such blast from the past was a copy of The Illustrated London News from 1937 – the year of King George’s coronation. For an appropriate donation to Oxfam, we were able to take ownership, and the insight it gives into a past time, particularly through the advertising, is fabulous.
Here are a few of our favourites.
1. Cow and Gate
The influencers of the 30s, Royal babies!
2. Johnnie Walker
A lesson in Georgian bicycles and a wonderful illustration
3. Austin Reed
Suits you Sir! Ready for anything in half an hour with a splendid tone of voice!
4. Marshall & Seagrove
Order your gown while puffing on a cigarette…
5. Booth’s Dry Gin
What more do we need to say, than look at that metallic print!?
The simplicity of the headline, and the polite request to send a brochure