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Events of this year in the Illustrated London News
The Illustrated London News 1949
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Events and full page colour adverts that appeared in 1949 Illustrated London News
“The inauguration of the Voortrekker Memorial at Pretoria on December 16 (1949): A section of the vast crowd of 250,000 people, a tenth of the white population of South Africa, who took part.”
A full page (approx A3 - 26cm x 36.5cm) colour advert for Dewar’s “White Label” Scotch Whisky – an illustration by Michaelson of a crate of this Whisky being loaded onto the Queen Mary cruise liner. A picture worth framing and should be of interest to ocean liner / shipping enthusiasts and poster art collectors. It is typical of the period commercial art and poster designs of the early 1930’s. Fans of the following artists may find this picture of interest – Tom Purvis, John Hassle, William Aupen, Paul Nash, McKnight Kauffer, H.G. Gawthorn, Vick Carless, Frank H. Mason.
On the reverse of this is a colour advert for Imperial Leather toilet soap with neon tetra fish.
Where a Fireman lost his life: The 30 hour Covent Garden Blaze – Wednesday 21st Dec 1949 with five black and white pictures relating to this event.
The consecration of the new Roman Catholic Bishop of Southwark: (Picture) Looking along the great Nave of Westminister Cathedral towards the high alter, during the course of the ceremony.
Occassions commemorative, and Royal at Malta, Singapore and Pretoria On Dec 14th, the King’s Birthday, Princess Elizabeth paid a formal visit to the Mediterranean Fleet. Picture of her on the flight deck of H.M.S. Glory with Vice-Admiral the Hon. C.E. Douglas-Pennant.
Two page feature showing the cost of some imported commodities and the proportion obtained from the dollar area, and the volume of British imports and exports in 1948. “Although Marshall Aid still helps to fill the dollar gap, the devalued pound purchases 30% less. Marshall aid ends in 1952 and Britain must either produce much more at less cost, or do without dollar bought necessities, some of which are listed here.”
In the hands of the Gestapo for six years : “The valley of the shadow” by H. Oloff De Wet.
The Annunciator: A silent Call-Boy for the New House of Commons – illustrations by artist G.H. Davis of a system which keeps members informed when absent from the chamber; and summons them to divisions.
The Mother of Parliaments reborn: Progress in the new Chamber. Photos of the construction of the New House of Commons taken Dec 18th 1949. The above two articles should be of interest to political scientists.
In an English Garden: Polyanthus by Clarence Elliott. A full page article with five pictures.
Why Irish Eyes are smiling: Food galore in Dublin’s fair city. In 1949 Dublin appears to be the land of plenty while people in Britain remember the misery of the ration
A two page feature on shopping in Tokyo.
The Russian theatre of the Second World War by Cyril Falls. Seventy years old: The world’s most powerful dictator and least known ruler – Joseph Stalin.
Two page article on: China clay – “Bones” of porcelain; and industry’s maid-of-all-work. Winning the “flesh” of porcelain – in a china stone quarry. The china clay mining industry is confined to Devon and Cornwall…………..
The “Big Top” comes to Olympia: Bertram Mills’ Christmas show. Pictures of this circus featuring polar bears from Sweden; high wire act – the Great Arturos; Foot –jugglers – The Seven Ashtons; Miss Hella’s sealions.
A Wyoming “Circus for dudes”: The horse round-up by aircraft (2 page feature with pictures).
For the third year in succession - Norway’s gesture of goodwill to London: The giant Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, which is hung with coloured lights and is being illuminated each evening until twelth night (January 5th).
Visible social history from Manchester’s gallery of English costume: Fashions worn by well-dressed women and children from 1770 – 1927. (should be of interest to those interested in women’s fashion during this period – 18 pictures of women’s fashion)
The world of theatre – full page feature on theatre in December 1949.
Celebrating the 600th Anniversary of its foundation: Trinity Hall, Cambridge. (One page feature article with five pictures)
The latest light on the Athenian Agora: American excavations. New found sculptures which may have influenced the Parthenon. (Two page feature article with five pictures)
A page for collectors: Early Eighteenth – Century silver by Frank Davis (One page feature article with three pictures)
Picture of H.M. Queen Mary with H.R.H. the Duchess of Kent and Princess Alexandra at the first performance of “Little Miss Muffet” pantomime – Dec 20th 1949.
Quarter page advertisement for BP Petrol and the resources of the Anglo-Iranian oIl Company Ltd.
Quarter page advertisement for British Electricity.
Half page advertisement for The 1950 Standard Vanguard – “The Family car – popular everywhere”.
Quarter page advertisement for Macfarlane Lang – “British Biscuits at their Best”
Quarter page advertisement for Lloyds Bank.
Quarter page advertisement for Players Cigarettes.
Quarter page advertisement for Haig whisky.
Quarter page advertisement for Rolls Royce – Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith under the wing of a Merlin powered Canadair IV – ‘The Empress of Sydney’ – operating on Canadian Pacific Airlines.
Quarter page advertisement for Berkeley Coachwork Limited – The Ambassador luxury caravan.
Quarter page advertisement for The Vanden Plas Princess coachbuilt saloon on the Austin A135 chassis.
Quarter page advertisement for The British Oxygen Co Ltd.
Quarter page advertisement for Highland Queen Scotch Whisky
A full page advert of a picture painted by John Mackay for the Dunlop Rubber Company Ltd – Famous Inns and their signs - showing the Hotel - The “Bailie Nicol Jarvie”, Aberfoyle, Perthshire.
Xmas edition - Bass -This England - Ewe,
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