Time stands still

My great-uncle was an artist and photographer and when I was 17 I inherited a variety of ephemera he’d kept safe throughout two World Wars. 43 years later, I have incorporated some of the material into the pages of this website and on my Pinterest boards (both as Ruth Wade and BK Duncan). But, up until now, I’ve hoarded the most precious. A handful of fragile periodicals. All cost one penny. They are yellowed with age and falling to bits now but their pages contain a feel for the people who looked at them as nothing else can. I decided it was about time I stopped keeping them to myself.

These snippets are from 1913 – 1915. 

LABOUR VOLUNTEERS MODERN SOCIETY 1913 

On page headed: Impertinent Questions 

“Why do you love him so?”
“I don’t know.”
“What did he say?”
“Nothing.”

[I don’t get it either; perhaps the humour is of the time]


MODERN LIFE 1914

Occupations for the fair sex (as suggested by modern feminine encroachments)
No 3. “Shine, Sir?”


WORK: THE ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY JOURNAL OF HANDICRAFTS 1915

[Note the references to The Great War in some of these advertisements] 


LABOUR VOLUNTEERS MODERN SOCIETY 1914

[In the April edition is an illuminating article on what Beatrice Webb (called Mrs Sidney Webb in 1914 of course) had to say about equal pay for women. I will quote her article in full elsewhere in these pages and add a link here, so come back and check if you are interested.] 

“Before you know it, we shall have these females in the club here” what?” 


MODERN LIFE 1913


MODERN LIFE 1914

The fashion of miniature paintings on ladies’ cheeks has been revived. Suggestions to indicate desires to admirers.
Top right: Likes being hugged (bears)
Bottom right: Fond of money (lsd)
Bottom left: Loves motoring (car)
Top left: Adores champagne (bottle and glass)

some impressions at the Palladium


MODERN LIFE 1913