THE THINGS WE READ

Created 24 November,2004




On the 14 April,1950, I sat beside a pile of newspapers, magazines and comics spread around me on the floor of "our" living room; by me, was the door from our living room into my Grandad's newspaper shop, "Guy's" in Mount Street.

I was sat reading a new comic - I was priviledged to see everything that came into the shop, for free - and it was Eagle.

There he was, DAN DARE, Pilot of the Future, with his "Opo", Didby. After 54 years, I can still "see" myself looking at that first edition of Eagle; according to an Eagle web site, the cut-away drawing in that first edition was the new British Railways Gas Turbine-Electric locomotive. Did Charlie have us talk about this drawing in Norwood's Railway Club
I wonder?

Do you remember the cowboys, Seth & Shorty? The Adventures of PC49? Captain Pugwash? And Jeff Arnold in Riders of the Range?







We had to send away for little metal Eagle Club badges - I treasured mine but somehow it was lost for ever. As was the small plastic film-strip viewer sent to club members.



Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds 18 January,1884, and during the time that Charlie was teaching at Clifton, Ransome had published his first novel for children, Swallows & Amazons. (The dust jacket illustrated below is different from the usual in that it was published in 1953 as the "first and only cheap edition...it will not be reprinted."; the smaller image illustrates the conventional dust jacket for the hard-bound books.)

The twelve novels, all centred around sailing and three groups of children, are still being published and a reprint in hardback of all twelve, has recently been made - oddly enough, this reprint is on sale in Walmart in the USA!


This was the heyday of Meccano, Dinky Toys, Hornby (O Gauge) and Horny Dublo; the Meccano Magazine encompassed everything
(well, almost everything) boys wanted to read about in those days. The one illustrated is the July,1949, edition.




And the tempting catalogues that Hornby produced; this one is the 1953/54 edition for Hornby Dublo electric trains.























And then there was H&E, suitably concealed beneath copies of Men Only and The London Illustrated News.

Sorry, no illustrations, but you may like this postcard of the times.

(if you can't quite read the caption, it says,
"and let's have one o' those whoppers up there at the back!")















The National Geographic Magazine had been around for a long time and this example is from September,1959.
The Coco-Cola and car adverts from the 1950s and 1960 editions are now cut out of the magazines and sold as expensive framed prints; the rest of the magazine is thrown away.

















The Saturday Evening POST, was also American but was on sale in England. Like the National Geographic, old copies are now expensive particularly if they have a cover painted by Normal Rockwell. This edition of August 20,1955, depicts an old fisherman taking home his catch - an attractive Mermaid and is painted by Rockwell.


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