Thursday, 27 July 2017

All About The Country

Country Fair Magazine was first published in the summer of 1951 by The Aldworth Press of London. Its editor was Macdonald Hastings.

The magazine is famed today, not for its content but for its cover designs. These were by Australian illustrator, John Hanna who had arrived in London in 1947. From a background of working as an illustrator and cartoonist for the Argus in Melbourne newspapers, he established himself in England as an advertising artist. Hanna designed posters for Walls ice cream, Sugar Puffs and Peak Frean biscuits

 Hastings had already used his talents on another magazine that he had editied and considered him the natural choice for his new publication. Hanna designed the covers for Country Fair throughout the 1950s. He returned to Australia in 1961 where he became Art Director for an advertising agency.

Editor, Macdonald Hastings had a notable journalistic career. He was a freelancer in the 1930s until being hired by Picture Post for whom he reported from torpedo boats during World War II. He earned a reputation for being rash and courageous.
Peacetime saw him editing The Strand Magazine and writing for The Eagle comic and Lilliput Magazine.

Country Fair Magazine was published fortnightly through most of the 1950's.  The price remained 2/6 throughout its life. Today, a copy in good condition is worth £8.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Pavillion Gardens Buxton Kenneth Steel (1906-1970)

Pavillion Gardens Buxton Kenneth Steel (1906-1970) #Buxton #artisttwitter #poster 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

"Miss Hobson's Timeline"

In 13th Century Cheshire "Wolves are hunted with traps and unlawed mastiffs"
Further illustrations from "Miss Hobson's Timeline" A 1960 presentation at Furness Vale School by teacher and local historian, Miss Valerie Hobson.:

Goostry Chucrh in Cheshire.

Market Street, Manchester in the 18th Century.

 Chester Castle in the 17th Century.

Stockport Castle in the 17th Century. 

"Visit Historic and Gay Montreal" Poster

"Visit Historic and Gay Montreal" Poster

Tuesday, 4 July 2017


Buxton Advertiser 27. 1. 78
A Whaley Bridge Councillor last week called "time" on the town clock.
Coun. A. West said at the council meeting that the clock on the Mechanics Institute was neither use nor ornament to the people of Whaley.
When the council meeting started last Wednesday at 7.30 p. m., the clock said it was 4.45. Coun. West didn't know whether it showed Greenwich Mean Time or British Summer Time or what. It's Parish Council Time, one of his fellow councillors quipped.
The Mechanics' Institute Committee should seriously consider pulling it down, Coun. West proposed.

This really got Coun H. H. Littlewood wound up. He opposed the move, and suggested that if anything, the council should buy a new one. "Even Buxworth and Chinley have a town clock" he said.
The clock is two faced - and a liar as well. Coun R. G. Hartley said it told Turkish Standard Time on one side and Greenland Winter Time on the other. Said Coun. Littlewood: "It's not the clock's fault." He believed it was not the Mechanics' Committee's job to say yes or no on the issue.
Coun. West ruled that that idea was out of order, like the clock.