It was wartime: perhaps that's an excuse. Even so, what possessed any self-respecting advertising agency to come up with a product name like "Drim"?. Perhaps they thought that it was only two letters away from "Dream"; but likewise it is only one letter away from "Grim". "Become a Drim enthusiast today", proclaims the advertiser's copy. … Continue reading Drim Makes Your Nose Bigger
Whenever I walk passed a pub - or better still sit down with a pint in a pub - I can't stop thinking about the tales the building has to tell. What love or what loss, what joy or what sadness took place in such buildings? When I walked by the Bull and Dog in … Continue reading The Great Stainland Water Fight
I have always thought that the British magazine, Picture Post (1938-57), represented photojournalism at its very best and for some time now I have been trying to build up a collection of original copies. A new bundle arrived the other day which were all from the period 1942/3: the very height of World War II. … Continue reading Picture Post Style In Burnley
I always think that it would be possible to run an entire course in economic and social history based on nothing other than newspaper advertisements. From the perspective of 90 years into the future, I am not sure what is more surprising about this advert from the Yorkshire Evening Post of May 18th 1928. Perhaps … Continue reading Good News For Mothers
From The Graphic, November 1927 - the first sight of "a new traffic controlling device" : but would it catch on? Didn't it just!