As the nights draw in and we hunker down indoors, we hope that all our News of Note readers are keeping fit, well - and sane. We also trust that our newsletters offer a little bit of welcome illumination and provide some nourishing nuggets of information for you to store away, ready for when required. Whatever you're looking for image-wise, do get in touch and we'll be happy to help.
Making it Count
In 2021, it's time for us all to stand up and be counted, when the census takes place on 21 March.
A once-a-decade nationwide survey, the census aims to give a broad, statistical view of people and households across England and Wales, and dates back to 1801, with the only pause being in 1941 due to the war.
Not only does this head count help the government to map out public funding, but over time, the records build up a vital picture of life at any given time over the past two centuries, with specific personal information essential for historical researchers and genealogists.
Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the first compulsory census and we thought it would be useful to look ahead and share
some of the material we hold on this regular roll call of the population.
If you've ever wondered about the origins of Mary Evans Picture Library, how the collection has been built up and what our oldest image is, then do tune into the latest archive podcast interview on the Max Communications website. They had a chat with our Head of Content, Tom, who knows everything there is to know about the library and has given an eloquent and detailed history, as well as explaining how we operate now.
Well worth a listen.
David Wright's 'Lovelies' at 80
On 1 January 1941, the very first pin-up illustration by British artist David Wright (1910-1963) appeared in the weekly illustrated magazine, The Sketch. Published at the height of the Blitz, and during the very darkest days of the war, David Wright's pin-ups, known as the 'Lovelies', would soon become a morale-boosting tonic for the troops, 'pinned up' in headquarters and barrack rooms across the world. Wright, who served as an Army driving instructor during the war, would produce a pin-up every week for the rest of the war and continued to do so until the early 1950s. David Wright's 'Lovelies' embody an elegant, seductive refinement, with many based on his wife Esme, a former model. The 'Lovelies' celebrate their 80th birthday in January yet don't look a day over 25. We are delighted to exclusively represent the David Wright Estate with images available from The Sketch in the ILN archive, as well as via our contributor Terry Parker, who is also author of the David Wright biography, 'Sirens', published by Titan.
Click here for a delightful dose of vintage wartime glamour.
Sometimes, it's nice to use our newsletter to highlight some of the smaller yet perfectly formed collections that might otherwise be overlooked. Recently added to the site are 31 charming Victorian Christmas cards published by Hildesheimer and Faulkner around 1890, all featuring elegantly-dressed animals in amusing anthropomorphic scenarios. Courting rabbits, distinguished owls, mischievous mice and posh penguins are just some of the creatures in
this very sweet Christmas-themed selection.