Surely an iconic image from 1954

Thurs. 22 Feb. 2018

Regular visitors to the News section of my website will be well aware of my fondness for bric-a-brac and retro apparel in general (stockings in particular). Put them together – that is, “retro” and clothing – and you have an alluring combination in my opinion.

So you can imagine my delight when, on my recent travels, I chanced upon an original front page of The Australian Women’s Weekly dating from 1954 (6 January 1954 to be exact). It was mounted and hung in – of course – a retro clothing shop. Surely this is an iconic image from a classic front cover, or at least it should be. Everything about it is just right, as I’m sure you’ll agree, down to the black-and-white chequered floor. Even the “complete lift-out novel” attracts one’s attention; it would, wouldn’t it, with a title like “Murder of the well-beloved”.

This magazine would have been pretty much in its heyday in the mid 50s, so it’s not surprising this front cover proudly trumpets “725,000 copies sold every week”. That’s a good number to be moving across shelves in 1954 at the price of 9 pence (Australia adopted the Australian dollar with its decimal currency system in 1966, five years before Britain did with pounds and pence in 1971).

Those of you who share my enthusiasm for vintage attire, especially stockings, will be very interested in this item of mine from last year: Retro stockings from Belgium and Italy.

I must see if I can revisit more of the 1950s.

Mistress Geo

Important notice: For the first time in my 10 years of professional domination, my tribute is rising; the new tribute regime applied as of 1 February 2018. Please see my News article for details, Alas, nothing stays the same forever.

Geo Pinch, professional Bristol mistress