Wednesday, December 5, 2012

End of Blog - See Flickr

Sorry but my heart is not in this Blog so there will be no more posts. 

I have started a Flickr photostream into which I will be uploading all the magazine cover photos/scans I have taken. 

All the Radio Times and TV Times covers I have are there now. Film mags will follow, then the rest.

My  Hold the Front Page Blog will continue to be updated thrice weekly.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Radio Times (1962) and TV Times (1976)

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Radio Times 
Apr 26 1962 
Eamonn Andrews
TV Times      
Sep 18 1976
Eamonn Andrews with some of his victims

Originally a radio sports commentator, Eamonn Andrews hosted the TV game show ‘What’s My Line’ for 12 years from 1951, children’s game show ‘Crackerjack’ from 1955 until 1984 and, with the famous red book in hand,  ‘This is Your Life’ from 1955 until just before he died in 1988.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Picture Post (1952)

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Picture Post
Feb 23 1952
Royal crown

King George VI had died on February 6th 1952 and the crown passed to his eldest daughter Elizabeth who is still holding on to it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

John O'London's (1961)

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John O’London’s
May 1961
Robert Sterling in ‘Return to Peyton Place’

This literary and review magazine ran from 1919 until at least 1961 despite Wikipedia’s information that it stopped in 1954.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Picturegoer (1949)

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Nov 26 1949
Bob Hope

Picturegoer started in 1913 and lasted until 1960. 
Bob Hope started in 1903 and lasted until 2003! Forget the ‘Road…’ movies with Bing Crosby, to see Hope at his best watch ‘My Favourite Blonde’, ‘My Favourite Brunette’, ‘My Favourite Spy’ and ’They Got Me Covered’.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Battle with the London Anarchists (1911)

The Battle with the London Anarchists
Feb 1911
Police or army snipers
One off magazine giving the full story of the Siege of Sydney Street which happened in January 1911 when a group of Anarchists holed up in a house in Sydney Street in Stepney East London.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Flying (1938)

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July 9th 1938
The Short 'C' class Empire flying boat “Canopus” cover art by Howard Leigh.

Aviation magazine, which started in 1938 and was the weekly sister to the monthly “Popular Flying”. Both magazines were edited by a certain W E Johns, the creator of Biggles, and both ended during WWII.
Up until recently I thought the Short Sunderland Flying boat was a shorter version of a Sunderland Flying boat. I didn’t realise it was the manufacturer’s name – Short Brothers.  

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Starburst (1991)

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May 1991
Fantasy Issue

Starburst had been publishing articles, pictures and reviews of sci-fi and horror films and TV since 1978.
Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery in ‘Highlander II:The Reckoning’. Sean Connery looks almost as silly as he did in ‘Zardoz’.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Radiator (1984)

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The Radiator
September 1984
US Military man playing with nuclear sub in bath

CND magazine for the South and West of England. Cover drawn by yours truly. I'd rather not speculate on what he is doing with his left hand.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mojo (2002)

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January 2002
George Harrison

Ex-Beatle George Harrison died on November 29th 2001 and although dated January 2002 this is the edition of Mojo that appeared in the shops in December 2001.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

V & V Veteran and Vintage (1973)

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V & V Veteran and Vintage Magazine
September 1973
Restored 1929 Packard

Monthly magazine for veteran and vintage car owners and restorers. Does what it says on the tin.

Friday, November 9, 2012

TV Times (1958 and 1975)

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TV Times      
Nov 21 1958 
Benny Hill

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TV Times      
May 24 1975
Benny Hill

Various versions of ‘The Benny Hill Show’ originally ran from 1955 until 1989 and repeated thereafter. It was a show that has slipped in and out of favour with the social climate, sometimes being condemned for its sexism and sometimes praised for its lack of political correctness.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Life (1969)

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Aug 4 1969
Leaving for the Moon

Astronaut Neil Armstrong takes his first small step on the 240,000-mile journey to the moon on July 16th 1969 to be the first human to walk on its surface.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Illustrated London News (1901)

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The Illustrated London News
Jan 30 1901
Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria Memorial Special Number. The Queen had died on January 22nd 1901 after a 63 year 7 month reign.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Wide World (1939)

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The Wide World
May 1939
Car sets off from Piccadilly Circus for Calcutta

The Wide World, a magazine for men, came from the same stable as The Strand and started in 1898. It contained a mixture of adventure fiction and articles.