The oldest is a rather tattered copy of the Weekly Illustrated from Saturday, June 20th, 1936. I was fortunate that this edition happens to be the Kings Birthday Number - celebrating the 42nd birthday of King Edward VIII on June 23rd, 1936. It's a fabulous edition, rich in photographs and adverts. The back page has great photos of 'England's Hope' for Wimbledon that year: two women tennis players.
The next in age is a copy of the famous satirical magazine, Punch, from March 17th, 1954. Again, it is full of wonderful advertisements (very full!), from cookery and home, to luggage and men's hats and shoes, with everything in between. Then there are the quirky articles and cartoons about world affairs and items in the news.
The other magazine is a copy of Country Life from October 4th, 1956. As the title suggests, this is full of detail about country life and the gloriously expensive properties for sale. Wonderful illustrations and photos accompany every article and, once again, advertisements for all the latest clothes and essential items. There are some lovely articles about plants, birds, famous landmarks, and fabulous lingerie and women's country fashions.
These three items alone provide hours of fascinating historical detail. So next time you're visiting an antique shop or antique fayre, seek out the old magazines as some of them might even suggest a new story idea. next time I'll talk about replica newspapers.