Gypsy Creams

A box of old magazines, a scanner, and some server space.
Gypsy Creams is lovingly scanned and written by Tanya Jones.

Double Prom

Woman's Realm / 15 July 1961

A lovely example of a double-page spread advert, which crop up occasionally in my collection, presumably because they must have been considerably more expensive than a one-page advert. This looks like a new product launch for the home perming application Prom, and we’ve seen later adverts on this site promoting the ‘Pink Rose’ and ‘White Rose’ variants. At least they pretend they like their customers in this one…

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Tango

Woman's Realm / 15 July 1961

I can’t say that this copy scans particularly well, but then I was lucky enough to live through the Tango adverts of the 1990s, so I’m spoilt.

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From No-one to a Someone

Woman's Realm / 15 July 1961

The ‘Woman of many parts’ letter on here nearly broke my heart. What sort of messages must this woman have got from society to believe that she was a ‘no-one’ when she was a unmarried only child?

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Remington Shavers

Men Only / July 1950

Blimey, I honestly can’t find anything to really object to in this advert. This bloke actually seems to *like* his wife…

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Capstan

Men Only / July 1950

Always nice to see one of the adverts which inspired this Viz parody many years later.

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Secrets of the Frost Programme

Woman's Own / 30 September 1967

The man himself left us a year ago today, of course, so perhaps this is an excellent time to highlight this gem of a feature from 46 years ago. The historical interest of this cleverly written ‘day in the life’ of The Frost Programme (and, by extension, the man himself) is obvious, but it’s interesting that this sort of piece would be unlikely to feature in a woman’s magazine today. I have to admit that this piece is unusual in my collection, so I suspect that this piece appeared in Women’s Own due to the importance of the programme, rather than it being part of a theme. I’m extremely grateful to Janice James for producing such a fascinating piece, although sadly there’s next to nothing of her work online, presumably due to her retiring before the WWW was in wide usage.

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Churchmans

Men Only / July 1950

Now, these ads really WERE written by drunkards, weren’t they? “Cheer up!” and “THIS IS THE GIN” indeed.

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Sandeman

Men Only / July 1950

A modest boast here, I feel, but when you’re By Appointment to King George VI (my, that looks strange after over 60 years of Queen Liz), I guess you don’t have to try that hard.

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Oh-oh!

Men Only / September 1951

I presume the woman embarrassing this young man is his wife, and that we have an early dandruff remedy being marketed here. After the many adverts humiliating women that I’ve seen for this site, it’s interesting to see an advert doing the same to a man.

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Dubonnet

Men Only / September 1951

Dubonnet is a famous French apertif, and, as the Dubonnet Wikipedia entry tells us, most certainly has alcohol present, so the tagline is a massive fib. You may not *think* you’re drinking something strong, but a fortified wine with an ABV of 15% isn’t to be treated lightly, even if you do drink it with a mixer. Dubonnet is a drink very much of this era, as this BBC News article explains. I’m in my mid-30s, and I’d certainly never heard of it. I’ve noticed that there seems to be a general admiration towards France from Brits in the 1950s, which I’d attributed to the British middle & upper classes going to France on their holidays, which the BBC article appears to support, and which would explain the prominent use of French in this advert.

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