Girl magazine 1951
vol 1 no 1 November 2 1951
A sister paper to Eagle first page cover page is. The new super colour weekly for every girl.
First page Kitty Hawke and her all-girl air crew (till vol1 no 21 march 21 1952 the last installment of Kitty).
The editor of the magazine is a man Marcus Morris,
Vol 1 no 10 January 4 1952 A Letter from the Editor " Adventure seems to have become the key-word of Girl"
p. 1 Kitty Hawke and Her all Girl Air Crew –cover
3) Judy and Pat The mystery of Pine Ridge an exciting School adventure story
4) The Exploits of Candy Maitland the Case of the Invalid's Chair
6) The Adventure of Penny Wise Private Detective
7) Anne Mullion and the Silver sabot Adventure
8) Black Beauty the life of a Horse by Anne Sewell
9) Jacky Center page girl learns to Skate
10) The Adventure of a girl in search of her father Captain Starling
12=13 Diana DownUnder Another story of the adventures of an English Girl in the Australian bush
p. 14 Heroes and Heroines no 10 Elsie Inglis
14 Girl Hobbies corner (make sandals)
15 Girls around the world no 8 Holland
16 Daughter of the Nile, the story of Miriam
The Adventures of Penny Wise Private Detective
Vol 1 no 15 p. 11 8 January 1952
A letter from the editor
I hope you will all like the new short serial Rustlers' Cave which is beginning in this issue – as you will see, it is about two ordinary girls like any of you might be, to whom adventure comes almost by accident, it could easily be a real life story, couldn't it? I wonder if any similar sort of thing has happened to any of you? Have you been involved in any type of mystery or excitement? Have any of you ever had a type of adventure that you think might make a good story? If you have, we would love to hear about it, so write us a short letter about it that we can print in our own Readers' Letters columns – we will pay five shillings for each adventure published.
(This story is about two girls stranded after a dance to walk back to their farm twelve miles and while walking they stumble across sheep thieves—they are brave, resourceful, ethical and responsible.
Penny Wants to be an Actress
By Lilian Chisholm
The Great Aunt Story" You can't imagine I was ever young, or pretty, or in love with dancing, is that it? Oh, but I was. I meant to become a famous dancer and that was all that mattered in life. I really believe I hated everyone who didn't share my enthusiasm, even my poor, darling father. But then he was taken very ill and became a permanent invalid. So I knew his work as a professor was far more important than my silly little dreams, I put away my slippers and learnt to type and do shorthand. I helped my father for the rest of his life and then, of course, I was far too old to dance.
" But that's awful" Penny cried indignantly " Nobody should have expected you to give up your dancing. You might have become famous".
"I doubt it" her aunt said quietly. "And you mustn't think I didn't have a happy life, my dear. My father knew all kinds of clever people and he was artistic, too, so that we knew many artists and theatrical people. I had thought of asking your mother if you could spend your holidays with me next year and then you could be able to meet some of my friends, that is, if you are interested in such things."
"Interested?' gasped Penny eagerly" Oh great aunt, I want to be an actress so dreadfully but nobody is interested, not even my own parents! Daddy thinks that nothing matters except my silly old school and examinations and learning, one day to be an awful short hand –typist or something".
Eventually the great convinces the great-niece "You can't be a great actress until you have learned to be a real person, Penny. It takes brains to act. All this schooling and the examination you hate and short-hand and typing, if you ever learn them – all these things are part of growing and learning and becoming a real person. Dramatic schools and amateur theatricals can wait my child, believe me. If you think you are too old to learn acting when school is over and done with it will simply prove that you never had it in you to be an actress at all.
Blurb under the illustration of the family of 4 sitting at the table with the father reading the paper. "Penny sighed dramatically: would no one ever take her seriously?"
The Great Aunt Story:
Vol 1 no 22 26 March 1952 p. 4 Sue's Secret mission
Sue wanted to be a reporter and she thought the Monster of the Cove would make a good story
Written by Harold Whitehead illustrations by Mazure (George)
If you can spare me just a few minutes Mr. O'Neill? The big man was seated at the desk in the office on whose door, in letters six inches high, was a notice which said it was strictly private. He looked up suddenly startled " What? How, the. . . " he glared at the girl! She was slim and scarcely more than five feet in height, with a tip-tilted nose and laughing blue eyes.
"How did you get in her? And who are you?" Susan Stewart, commonly known as 'Red' I came in via the fire escape". She smiled at him sweetly. "The fire. . . my dear girl, the fire escape finishes at the floor below this" I know" Susan grinned" It was a bit tricky the last lap, up the drain pipe, I mean"
"Bless my soul" Henry O'Neill, editor of the Evening Star, a local newspaper which catered for the towns of Devon and Cornwall, mopped his brows. This girl with the bright red hair was unusual to say the least! "Well – er now that you're here, what do you want?"
"A job – as a reporter" Sue stated simply. "I am leaving school this term. I've sent you lots of my stories, but they have come back so quickly that I'm sure you haven't even looked at them. I've tried to get interviews with you, but up to now I've never got beyond the gargogle in the outer office".
"Oh I see! That is all you want?" Henry O'neill was heavily sarcastic.
"I write quite well and I'm pretty resourceful" went on the girl eagerly.
"I've noticed that". . .
New feature Girl of the Week volume 1no 24, 9 April 1952 Girl of the week-
Introducing the new feature
Exciting new Feature Girl of the Week
Girl of the week, an interesting, new and unusual feature which we are introducing here for the first time, will appear week by week on this page. It is the story of any girl, such as any of you may be, who has achieved something. It needs not be fame or fortune, just the story of an ordinary girl who is a little "different". If you think you or your friends might qualify as girl of the week by holding some record, medal, or having strange hobbies by experiencing some adventure or by being "different" in some way. . send
(p. 11 Brenda's 51 pen pals)
16 April Janet rings the church bells
23 April Maureen's a billiard champion
30 April Jane plays the cello
23 April Maureen's a billiard champion
Maureen Barrett, fourteen did not let a childhood illness get her down. In fact, if she hadn't been forbidden to take part in any athletic sports she would probably never have become Britain's leading schoolgirl billiard player
Maureen, who now goes to Collingwood Central School Peckham, found that doctor's orders prevented her from entering into many schoolgirl games. So she began to look longingly at the green baize billiard tables at Peckham Health Center, watching boys, wielding the long cues and listening to the click-click of ivory balls.
Then she tried her hand at it herself, found she had a natural skill and began to beat the boys at their own game.
"There was a good bit of opposition at first" Maureen admits "But only among the boys who aren't so very good. The best never mind and are always ready to give me a game."
Maureen is modest. She didn't add that she can give any boy a game on equal terms. They accept her not as a girl but as a first rate player. Later she won the schoolgirls' Billiard Championship, and her shows her in play at the event(?)
Maureen highest "break"—continual play without a single mistake --is 56 at Billiard and that is pretty good by anybody's standards.
Billiard, though is only a hobby for Maureen, she wants to be a chartered accountant, a job most people associate with men rather than women but in which recent years has attracted quite a few girls with a head for figures and the patience tackle long training and stiff exams.
Besides those two great interests Maureen add quite a few others—stamp collecting, reading, piano playing,and cycling. Quite a triumph for agirl who wasn't strong enough to play games with other girls, isn't it?
7 May 1952 Gilian Wick Girl of the week a singer
May 14 Lesley wrote a book
4 June Why Lorna learned to skate(to overcome a weak leg)
June 11 Peggy is a chess champion
Peggy comes to chess naturally. Her father an expert champion player, edits a magazine, Chess and Peggy and her three brothers learned watching him. "I don't think chess ids difficult to learn", says Peggy, "and I think it helps you concentrate".
Peggy can hold her own in chess among boys, she practices with her brothers and this year came fourth in the Birmingham Junior Open Chess Championship, and last year fourth in the Warwickshire Under Fourteen Championship. In each tournament she was the only girl competing
18 June 1952 Girl of the Week Joan is Going to be a Pony Breeder
9th July 10 year old Jill reads the lesson
23 July Judith works for Dumb Friends (animals)
30 July Ann is Jill- of- all- trades
13 august Elizabeth plays the Church organ (11 year old
Vol 1 No 43 p.11 (20 Aug)?
Mary Captains a boys cricket team
Mary Weller is the only girl in her school cricket team. But that is not the half of it. She is their Captain voted to that position by her fellow Scholars? at Westcliff school
You might imagine that there would be jealousy among the boys at a girl chosen to lead the game at cricket?
Hocky hints p. 13 3 September 1952
1 October Girl of the week Lisa's Ambition to act
22 October Girl of the week Pamela is a junior nurse
October 8 Lester family story, Sally Lester finished school and is going to study at a secreterial college
"Sally found herself scurrying downstairs one morning with a queer feeling where her breakfast should have been in a very mixed state of excitement and apprehension. It was the morning of her first day at the Wanford Secretarial College.
The college was situated in a rather lovely old house that stood in its own grounds. It had belonged to a very wealthy family many years ago in the days Wanford was hardly more than a tiny village in the country. The college had provided many secretaries and personal assistants to famous authors, members of parliament and heads of many big commercial firms.
The principal, a miss Greaves, believed that 'atmosphere' was of great importance and consequently the whole place had something of the quiet dignified character of a small university
At ten o'clock Sally found herself with fourteen other young ladies in a wonderful old oak paneled room, listening with a grave attentive face to Miss Greaves
"You are all here because you have decided to study seriously for a worth-while job" she was say (and a lot more Orna)
Orna The lester family series is an opportunity to describe the college and to present problems there, this family is an example eventually Sally drops out for a while because her mothere gets ill, she finds a job and in the end, she manages to return there.
November 19 p. 11 Girl of the week Valerie's a tennis champion
Valerie Pill is not only this year's junior (lawn?) Tennis Champion – she has definite ideas why British women player don't do better in internation Tennis. First and foremost, she feels young players in the country with ambition should play in winter as well as summer. Another tip from Valerie is to start young. Valeries's ambition, of course, is to play in the All England Champion in Wimbeldon. Of one thing she is quite certain " I want to remain an amateur all my life" Valerie may even decide to mix tennis with college and career as a teacher.
26 November Girl of the week p.11 Irene's play in on TV
March 25 1952 a new series on career
p. 15 I want to be a nurse
April 15 p. 15 I want to be a Kennel maid
vol1 no l 7 Dec 14, 1951 p.11
Many readers have written to ask what a man editor of a Girl's paper can possibly know about girls, so we have persuaded Marcus Morris to print his photo . He knows quite a lot- (he has 3 girls)
The first 9 issues of Girl concentrated on fantasy Kitty hawke the pilot, a school adventure on Judy and Pat, a mystery story, another series on a girl private detective and two other series one girls around the world and another adventure there are nothing educational about it.
Girls in the sports etc
Girl vol 1 no 14 February 1 1952
a new section "success story"
The story of Daphne Walker, Star of the Ice who has the most exciting job in the world?
Actress? Model? Air hostess?"
What about ice skater? How would you like to be a professional ice skater in one of the big pantomimes running in London.
Let's imagine for a moment that you could step into the white skating boots of Daphne Walker, who plays the lead in Robinson Crusoe on the ice" at Wembley
It would be exciting , you can be sure of that but when we asked Daphne to tell us how she attained such dizzy heights, we were made to realise that personal success is one of those things that come after much hard work and year of persistence.
hard work and Fun
Daphne for instance began skating at the age of 6. in those days she never realized that the fun of skating on a suburban rink would very soon become her serious work.
First, Daphne realises that if she wanted to become a great skater she would have practice, practice, and practice. Her parents' of course were interested in her ambition and did all they could to help her. But it really depends on Daphne herself.
The first essential pieces of equipment in Daphne's skating career were two good skating boots, with blades of Sheffield steel attached. To this day, Daphne insists that those personal, well fitting boots were the all important element - first get your skates!
At the age of seven, Daphne put her feet on the first rung of fame. she won her bronze skating metal. but it was not until she turned nine that she decided that skating wads to be her whole life.
Then started the serious training: up at 5:30 a.m every morning: an hour of exercise; then to the local rink for six hours of skating. Later, there would be systematic muscle and regular ballet and elocution lessons.
Daphne had to go to school like any ordinary little girls as well , of course. But because of her skating activities, she had to rely on private teachers and governesses. When she toured Australia in her early teens a correspondence course followed her.
in 1947, Daphne reached the peak of her amateur career when she became british Amateur Figure -skaqting champion at Wembley. later she turned professional and joined the British ice show before sailing to America.
Top of the ladder
today one of the most successful and high paid skating stars on the ice.
Daphne looked up from her make-up table at Wembley and told Girl:" Any girl can become a skating champion if she wants to do so! She must be prepared to sacrifice many pleasures . . . parties, outings, and even friends to help her career. And above all, she must be perfectly single -minded in her desire to reach the top of the ladder.
She should have some other hobby as well as her skating -- preferably a sport like tennis, golf or swimming, which also helps her leg muscles. A study of music, too, helps to develop a sense of rhythm.
"Looking around London's rink today, i have seen many youngsters who remind me of myself when I was beginning the long climb to success. How many of them will success?"
Only those who really want to succeed.
Orna The magazine creates a fantasy world if it is with the different section or in the choice of modes to emulate and admire.
story vol 1 no 21 march 21 1952
Penny's Dream p.4--5
the girl Penny wants to be an actress everyone around her dismissed her dream
The brother Roger: you're not still reading those idiotic adverts about the amateur dramatic society ?. . . gosh, if you only knew what a pie you looked in the school play."
Mother: "you've told us , not once but many times that miss Thompson thought you acted quite nicely in the school play . But. . . you have school examinations coming along , and your father wants you to do better than you did last term , so you can't fill your head with a lot of silly nonsense"
"Silly nonsense " Penny sighed dramatically, wondering if anybody would ever take her seriously and realise that this was no foolish notion she had in her head, but a real, life-long ambition.
There is a change in Girl in 1953. Until then it seems very similar to a boy magazine but in 1953 it has evolved to be more girly.
Escapism or pragmatism? the message of Girl magazine
Dec 31 1952
A letter from the editor
Our main resolution will be to try and make Girl better and better in 1953. We've started already in fact. You'll find two new features. Mother Tells you how and Charm school on page 15 this week. One designed to help you in the home , the other to show you how to make the most of your appearance.
First mother tells you how that issue Mother Tells you how to bathe the baby
New section Mother Tells you how (to bathe the baby Dec 31 1952) above the section I want to be Chartered Accountant.
Mother Tells you how
7 january to plant hyacinth bulbs
14 To paint your bed room Mother : we will choose a really gay colour for the paintwork yellow would be fun" Judy: "this is an easy way of doing the skirting board mother"
21 to make all purpose pastry Mother: light the gas for me Judy
28 to make a rag rug
4 feb to make a bed
11 to arrange your birthday party
18 Feb 53 to do simple embroidery
25 Feb 53 to do the washing up
4 march 53 to prepare a room for a guest
18 march to make simple household repairs
25 March to pack for a weekend holidiay (list for the weekend Judy: "I have written the labels mother" victorious proud)
1 April to do the flowers
8 April to treat cuts and burns (first aid list)
13 May to lay a table
20 May to decorate for the coronation
3 June to wash baby clothes
10 June to lengthen clothes
17 to pack for a picnic lunch (menu)
24 June to make an omlette (fillings)
1 July to make Jelly
8 To feed a toddler
15 How to keep cool
22 How to crochet
29 July to cook summer vegetables
5 August How to enjoy a summer walk (with Judy's friends orna)
12 to grow mustard and cress
19 to make a cross stich belt
26 to prepare grapefruit
2 sept to make cream cheese
9 sept to make a needle etching
16 put bulb for Christmas
30 sept to make cutting
7 oct to make a laundry bag
14 oct to decorate lamp shades
21 oct to plan a Halloween's party
28 oct to make splatter pattern book plates
4 November to enjoy bonfire night
11 November to make a winter ear-warmer
18 Nov to make a Christmas pudding
25 nov to bring a party dress up to date
9 dec to decorate for Christmas
16 dec how to make your own Christmas card
23 dec to make last minute Christmas gifts
30 Dec how to see the new year in 1954
Vol 2 no 11 7 January 1953 Rosemary runs a riding school
At sixteen Rosemary Whiteruns her own riding schhol with twenty five pupils ranging from four year old to adults older than herself.
The school began with two ponies, Rugsby and Sherry and two girl pupils " It took quite a tine to build up at first" rosemary says "but one pupil told another and that's how the school grew."
Rosemary does all her work herself. She keeps her own books and looks after the ponies and stables on her own. In summer she kept her ponies in one acdre frield. But when the weather turned colder she took over some old stables offered her quite near her Maidstone home and repainted them herself.
Self-reliance has been the key to Rosemary's success from the very beginning. She taught herself to ride. When she moved to maidstone, she saved her pocket money and bought the ponies herself. Then when she left Maidstone High school last year, she worked for some month in a private stables, "the best way to learning" she says. The riding school idea was entirely Rosemary's own—indeed some friends and relations looked on the idea with great sceptism at first. "But I love outdoor life" Rosemary declares"And I thoroughly enjoy teaching. She is saving up for another pony and has her eye on one whom she has already names Pedro.
Running a business single handed takes up most of Rosemary's time –but her great relaxation is to go hunting on Rusty. She says he loves it too and is always ready to be off through the woods and fields and overjumps.
I want to make the riding school something to be really proud of" Rosemary says, she has the right to be proud of what she has already achieved don't you think?
(Orna just found out that Marcus Morris the editor of Girl (and Eagle ) was a priest)
p. 6 a new serial Story Travel Girl
Written by Molly Black
Anne has longed to see foreign places. And here she was in France on an important job.
He custom check point at Orly airport, Paris after her flight from England, she felt bewildered by the strangeness, bustle and excitement. Only a few weeks ago she had obtained a job with Travers Travel, an independent agency in her own town of Monnford. Then with the suddeness of summer storm she had found herself off to Paris with young David Travers, her boss's son, with the seemingly impossible task of out willing an unscrupulous rival agency called Fabulous Tours.
Vol 2 no 15 4 Feb 1953 p.11 Cherry makes a special Broadcast.
A letter from the editor 25 march 1953 p.11
"There are two surprises for you this week surprise no 1 is a new picture strip series on careers, the first of which you will find if you turn to p. 15 of this issue. Called I want to be a Nurse . It tells the story of Molly Jones, a girl who decided that nursing was the career she most wanted to take up, and shows how she set about achieving her ambition by being taken on a s a student nurse at a hospital. (Orna it coincides with the recommendations of L. Fenwich in his paper periodicals and Adolescent Girls to read the publications connected with their future careers. (1953, p. 44)
Next week you'll be able to read "I want to be a kennelmaid, which I know all of those of you who love animals will find interesting and for the weeks following, I've selected other careers which, judging from your letters, you are thinking of pursuing when you are old enough to leave school and start out in jobs of your own.
From that week onward Career and mother tells you how appear on the same page
Readers letters 1 April 1953 vol 2 no 23 p. 25
5/- will be paid for every letter printed on this page
Are brothers always a nuisance? Mine races around on his bike, nearly knocking people over. Sometimes he is rude to people when I'm there. I get so embarassed why can't he behave.
Ann Sutton cardiff
Answer: perhaps he doesn't feel sure of himself and is showing off to make up. If so, the more upset you get the more he'll enjoy shocking you. Tell him you don't like the way he behaves and then ignore it as much as you can. He'll soon grow out of it, I am sure (ed)
April 8 Afraid of the dark
22 April 1953 p.11 A letter from the editor.
Have you noticed the letters, asking for help with various personal problems? We are turning these letters into special feature "What's your worry" and you'll see first the problem and our answer to it, on this page.
(Orna by 1954 Girl Magazine looks different and the target audience is older)
January 1954 (every wed ) vol 3 no 1
On p. 5 is the section what's your worry (as opposed to p. 11 in the past)