Sign of the Times

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pile of original Sunday Times magazines from 1966

We bought a batch of vintage 1960s Sunday Times magazines the other day. The word ‘sixties’ just trips off the tongue like it was yesterday, but it’s half a century ago now! These magazines are like time capsules from the era.

Original Sunday Times magazine cover from 1966 featuring white stockinged legs and shoes

Some have wonderful covers such as this one with skirt length predictions.

photograph of G.F. Trumper Hairdressing shop from an original Sunday Times magazine from 1966

There are some really interesting articles…

photograph of people at the seaside in summer from an original Sunday Times magazine from 1966

…and great photography from the likes of Eve Arnold, Robert Freson, Lord Snowdon, Ernest Cole, Peter Laurie, Donald McCullin, Duffy, David Montgomery, Ray Green, Constantine Manos, Horst Baumann & Maxwell Boyd to name just a few.

photograph of under 23 fashion contest finalists from an original Sunday Times magazine from 1966

There are features on fashion and food…

photograph accompanying a feature on soul food from an original Sunday Times magazine from 1966

…and, as is often the case in magazines from this period, some eye-catching ads that would be good enough to frame in themselves.

Pakistan International Airlines ad from an original Sunday Times magazine from 1966

Throw in some wonderful illustrations, drawings & cartoons – and you have a really great read, wonderful source material and archive.

illustration accompanying a feature on spices from an original Sunday Times magazine from 1966

We’ve just listed them all individually on eBay – quite a mammoth session! There are a few photographs and a brief description for each edition. Here’s the link if your interested in taking a closer look.

Gimme Five! Bobble hats

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selection of 5 bobble hats

We’re keeping with the cold weather theme in our Gimme Five! series.

I love hats – I’ve got all sorts – but I’ve not got a bobble hat. In my opinion, the bigger the bobble the better – one of these beauties has even got a double bobble!

  1. Nanny knit beanie: £21, The North Face
  2. Mustard yellow hand knitted Aran beanie bobble hat: £20, Etsy
  3. Helene Berman double pom pom beanie hat: £55.24, Jules B
  4. Jack Wills Thurlow faux fur bobble hat: £20.50, ASOS
  5. Slider bobble hat: £18, Notonthehighstreet

Vintage Vogue

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Vintage Vogue magazine cover from February 1962

We bought a pile of vintage Ideal Home magazines recently. We were delighted with them in their own right, but in amongst them was a lovely copy of Vogue which was a real bonus.

Model wearing green Capri pants in Vogue Magazine, February 1962

It dates from February 1962 – and priced at 2’6!

Patent in Vogue Magazine, February 1962

These vintage Vogues are very collectable and it’s easy to see why.

Line drawings of hairstyles in Vogue Magazine, February 1962

The fashion is obviously the real draw – gorgeous clothes, shoes, jewellery, hair & make up from the era.

Kanyana fabric ad in Vogue Magazine, February 1962

Looks which still look very current over 40 years later!

Model with red top and lips and dusky eye make up in Vogue Magazine, February 1962

Model wearing a blue dress and hat in Vogue Magazine, February 1962

There are other great features – the fabulous new mini in its early years of production…

Mini car ad in Vogue Magazine, February 1962

…and introducing pasta – now arriving on UK shores!

Pasta article in Vogue Magazine, February 1962

There are some genius illustrations too – the header for Vogue Travel is good enough to frame.

Travel in Vogue guide in Vogue Magazine, February 1962

These vintage magazines really are a great read – snap them up if you see them… and take a second look in that dusty pile of National Geographics in the corner of the charity shop – there might be a vintage Vogue lurking halfway down!

Charity Vintage: Vintage trench coats

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selection of vintage trench coats for sale by & in support of Sense

In yesterday’s Gimme Five! we said how easy it is to get hold of quality vintage trench coats in charity shops. Well, to prove the truth of our bold statement, we’ve found FIVE currently for sale by Sense*

They’re all made by either Burberry or Aquascutum and have a starting price of £9.99. A brand new one would set you back a lot more. We visited both brands’ websites and the cheapest is £110 and the most expensive – a hand-painted deerskin example – £6,000.00!

*Sense is a national charity supporting and campaigning for children and adults who are deafblind. They provide information, advice and services to deafblind people, their families and carers. Their ebay stores aim to maximise the profits from items donated to their charity.

Gimme Five: Trench coats

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selection of 5 trench coats

A trench coat should be a staple of any woman’s (and man’s) wardrobe. They get you through that tricky change of season period between summer and autumn and spring and summer. That time when a winter coat is too much but shirt sleeves just isn’t enough; when it’s sunny when you leave the house in the morning but it may rain later on in the day.

A good-quality trench coat or Mackintosh, if looked after well and dry cleaned properly, will last you a lifetime. A classic Burberry or Aquascutum never goes out of fashion. You know the ones; khaki-coloured gabardine, just above the knee, belted, double-breasted, epaulettes and check lining.

Vintage trench coats can still be picked up cheaply in charity shops. One of my best ever buys was a bright magenta Aquascutum trench with shiny brass buttons from a charity shop in Brighton almost 20 years ago. It cost me the princely sum of £9.00 – I’ve worn it every year without fail!

If you’re not into wearing second-hand – here’s a selection of great trench coats – all with a twist on the classic style.

  1. French Connection Freeway cotton belted trench: £165, House of Fraser
  2. Ted Baker A-line trench coat, bright blue: £299, John Lewis
  3. Autumn trench: £129, Boden
  4. Womens trench coat, marine navy: £139, Joules
  5. The Angelina trench: £114, Hobbs

Gimme Five! Satchels

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selection of 5 satchels

For years, my everyday, about town bag has been a brown leather satchel. They’re smart, versatile and timeless. I’ve had a few incarnations – all used & abused until they were falling apart. Two things make me think of the quintessential British school child, a brown leather satchel and a pair of Clarks Joyance T-bar sandals.

The best, to date, was a vintage school satchel Justin bought for me at our local flea market for £7. Over time, the long strap and then the carry handle on it both broke. I resorted to tying them with string for a while, not wanting to give in to the inevitable.

I’m on the look out for a new contender and there are lots to choose from out there. This is my dream shortlist – financially, some more a dream than others!

  1. Mulberry Walter briefcase: £895.00, Selfridges
  2. Two tone leather satchel by Artisan Satchels: £99, Notonthehighstreet
  3. The Classic 13″ in vintage: £108, The Cambridge Satchel Company
  4. Sandqvist Artur leather satchel: £259.00, ASOS
  5. Signature collaboration Harris Tweed satchel: £175, Next