This newsletter no doubt wings its way to many home offices, kitchen tables and spare rooms around the country. Wherever you are, and however you're working, we hope you are keeping safe, well and sane.
We have been fully operational throughout lockdown, with most of the Mary Evans team working remotely, and one heroic member of staff, manning the pumps at the archive, ensuring any scans are found and whizzed over to clients as efficiently as usual.
As always, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help with any picture-related matters.
You can choose to search by surname, or by month, but either way, we hope this calendar of stardom will be useful for planning features in future. Significant birthdays on the horizon include Sean Connery hitting the big 8-0 in August, and baby-faced Matt Damon celebrating his 50th birthday in October. It's also interesting to contemplate that if Marilyn Monroe was alive today, she'd be the same age as the Queen.
Please note we will be continuing to add more birth and death dates to this page over the coming weeks, so check back regularly. Also, because of the nature of these images, you need to be logged in to the site and a registered client, to access the images. If you're not registered, please get in touch.
Growing vegetables, baking bread, taking up knitting or woodwork; there are many parallels between how we're keeping busy in lockdown and the wartime home front. How appropriate then, that the latest book based on the archives at Mary Evans drums up that home front spirit through a curated selection of features offering tips and advice taken from magazines in the ILN archive, housed and managed here at the library.
'The Home Front Pocket Manual 1939-45' is published by Casemate, edited by our Head of Sales & Research, Luci, and draws on titles such as The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News and Britannia & Eve to offer a fascinating, and above all, rather useful guide to surviving in 'unprecedented times.' Publication date is next month but the book can
be pre-ordered here.
Olympia Motor Show 1970 - Cars and Girls
Although photographer Michael Cole is world-renowned for his tennis photography, his collection with Mary Evans represents his interest in motoring and automobilia. While recently sorting through a number of his old photographs, Michael found a
set of images taken at the 1970 Earl's Court Motor Show. With no car left undraped by a scantily-clad lady, the pictures are undeniably an eyebrow-raising slice of seventies kitsch.