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What were women reading in 1952? Stylist leafs through four classic issues of women's magazine...

Good Housekeeping August 1952, ‘Three Blouses to make, Four Blouses to Buy’ by Marion Hall

Feminine, fitted and totally Fifties, the blouses on this fashion page look strangely familiar. In fact, they are essential for spring/summer 2012.

Good Housekeeping August 1952, ‘When a Princess Gets engaged’ by Nancy Spain (photograph by Cecil Beaton)

To celebrate Princess Margaret’s engagement, this piece reveals court rumours and all the gossip about her ‘evening parties’. Intrigued?

My Home February 1952, ‘Can a Woman run a Business? Yes’ by Mrs Winearls

This feature recommends working women should knit, do the weekly shop by bicycle and end the day with a warm drink. Quite frankly, who doesn’t?

Harper’s Bazaar April 1952, ‘Constructive Slimming’

Long before the Dukan arrived, Fifties periodicals were recommending that you avoid alcohol and sausages but embrace the boiled eggs, fresh fish and clear soups. Tempting…

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