Vintage Tour de France magazines

Vintage Tour de France magazines | H is for Home

One of last week’s main purchases combined two areas of interest – namely, vintage ephemera and cycling. This huge quantity of 1950s cycling memorabilia appeared at a local auction and we couldn’t resist.

Tour de France magazine from 1954 | H is for Home

We haven’t done much cycling ourselves in recent years as our big dog provides all the exercise we need, but we still follow it keenly – particularly the Tour De France at this time of year. We’re often distracted from our work when it appears on TV. We love to follow the riders on their journey, both in terms of taking in the stunning French scenery and the sporting competition itself. We went to watch Le Tour when it passed through Yorkshire (and previously Brighton when we lived there) – and we’re determined to follow the race in our camper van when we eventually get one (we’re still saving up! :-)).

'Le miroir de tour 1954'

Back to the ephemera though. It’s mainly in the form of French magazines and brochures – many relating to the Tour de France.

'Miroir sprint' | H is for Home

They’re packed full of interesting historical photographs, artwork, advertisements and features on riders from the era – famous names such as Louison Bobet, Fausto Coppi and Jacques Anquetil.

Vintage cycling ads | H is for Home

Quite a treat for cycling fans!

Vintage Unis Sport Tour de France map | H is for Home

Some of the magazines even have their original route maps intact which is very rare to find…

Vintage Lambretta Tour de France map | H is for Home

…unused and neatly folded inside.

Portraits of twelve 1950s Tour de France cyclists | H is for Home

They’re perfect for framing and very sought after in themselves – a fabulous find!

Vintage Tour de France magazine feature of Fausto Coppi | H is for Home

We’ll be sorting through them in the coming weeks, having a good browse and then listing them for sale. We might allow ourselves to keep a few pieces, but the majority will be available to buy – watch this space if you’re interested.

Charity Vintage: Astounding Science Fiction magazines

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complete set of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine from 1955 for sale by CLIC Sargent on eBay for Charity
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This week the world saw the space probe Philae land on a comet after a 10-year, 4-billion mile journey. To a person living in the 1950s this story would feel like utter science fiction. Back then there’d have been no astronauts, no moon landing, no space shuttles. The first living being in orbit didn’t happen until 1957.

This set of Astounding Science Fiction magazines from 1955 is being sold by & in support of CLIC Sargent*. The cover artwork is sensational I bet the stories are too! They have other sets of this title currently for sale alongside sets of Thrilling Wonder Stories, Fantastic Adventures, Space Science Fiction and if Worlds of Science Fiction. If you’re a sci-fi or pulp fiction buff – these would be fantastic additions to your collection.

*CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.


Country Fair

We bought a small pile of vintage Country Fair magazines last week.

It was their covers that caught our eye. They feature wonderful illustrations of birds, animals, insects etc representing the particular month of publication.

They’re illustrated by John Hanna, an Australian artist who worked in London in the 1950s & 60s.

Inside are photos & articles about gardening, farming, cooking and country pursuits… from a slower-paced, simpler time.

As with many many magazines from this era, the adverts are also well worth a look.

We love the simple, stylised graphics of this one for holidays in Switzerland…

…or how about this one for a fabulous 50s fitted kitchen…

…and nature guides – very reminiscent of early Ladybird books.

If we’ve pricked your interest, and you’d like to find out more, a compendium of the best issues from the ’50s is available from Amazon.

Country Fair (Amazon UK)
Country Fair (Amazon US)

Booked Up!

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Collection of art and design books | H is for Home

We’re excited to announce that we’ve just added an Amazon a-store to the H is for Home website.

It’s full of books & magazines that we find inspirational, informative or both. We’ve divided them into sections such as Guides to vintage collecting, 1950s design, Pottery & ceramics and Interior & style magazines.

Link to H is for Home bookshop (UK)

Link to H is for Home bookshop (US)

Come & have a browse!