Style: Octobers Outfit for the Boys

Beau Loves scarf

Lomography Sprocket Rocket SUPERPOP! Camera £59.25

Stella Mccartney Kids Barley change faces t-shirt £45

Vintage Garbage Pail Kids cards on ebay

Bang Bang Copenhagen Batbaby hooded sweatshirt at Scandinavian Minimall £55

Indikidual The Dude trousers £38

Stella Mccartney Kids Arnie T-shirt £40

H&M Unicef All For Children Pumpkin Head £9.99

Hunter Glow in the Dark wellies £42 at Alex and Alexa

Dandy Star bag £20

Lego skeleton storage head £15 at Alex and Alexa

Stance Socks £7 at Alex and Alexa

H&M Unicef All for Children bow tie £2.99

Read: Mollie Clarke’s pictures

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If you like those ever so cute illustrations by Mabel Lucy Attwell then you may well like the children’s book illustrations by Mollie Clarke. She used to write ‘learning to read’ books for school children in the 1950’s and she illustrated them herself.

She did a set of books about Sally and her day at school, and another set about Andrew. The great thing about young children’s books is that they show you so much about what life was really like in those days. For young children everything is new so their books usually show what was familiar to them, and this is what makes the illustrations so charming.  These were the days when girls were brought up as girls, staying at home and being domestic, whereas the boys in the books were a lot more active and interested in cars and planes and making things on their work bench. Here is a selection of some of those pictures.

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This is Sally, dressed up as the Fairy Queen.

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Andrew is dressed up as a cowboy.

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Domestic duties! Never too young to learn.

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Sally needed to learn these words.

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Sally has her lunch.

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Andrew’s school-bag. A dentist’s nightmare.

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Look at those navy knickers.

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Andrew with his teddy.

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Sally takes dolly for a walk.

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Mollie Clarke does cute animals too.

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On a scooter

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Read: Martine

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The Martine series of books is the French equivalent of the English Topsy and Tim, written at the same time and aimed at slightly older children. We enter a world of French sophistication that is totally different to that of the homespun Topsy and Tim and much more adult.

The early sixties were a time when little girls started wearing dresses with extremely short skirts, and if the illustrations by Marcel Marlier are anything to go by, these little girls possess an obvious degree of Gallic charm. “Thank heavens for little girls, they grow up in the most delightful way”, and all that.

Martine’s parents are wealthy and their world is very modern for the era, they only go to the best shops, eat the best food and travel to places like New York to visit friends.  Martine herself is very attractive and all her friends, both boys and girls are exceptionally pretty, and all the animals have smiles on their faces and romp about in a charming fashion. Martine has a pet dog, Patapouf, who gets into all kinds of mischief, so much so that he has a whole series of books to himself.

The books in the Martine series, written by Gilbert Delahaye and illustrated by Marcel Marlier, are interesting examples of 1960’s chic, and hopefully I have given you a flavour of that in the pictures below:

01 Martine and mirror

Here’s Martine.

02 Martine checkin

Martine and family at the check-in desk

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Marine enjoys lobster for lunch in First Class

Martine at the fair

Martine at the fair

Martine ice cream

Martine enjoys an ice cream

Martine housework

Martine does the housework. Note rug (endangered species?) and 1960s rubber plant

Martine washing up

Martine does the washing up

Martine en Corvette

Martine’s family in their imported Chevrolet Corvette, standing sans seat belts. No health and safety in those days.

Martine camping

Martine camping

Martine shelling peas

Martine and mother shell petis pois with elegance

Martine supermarket

Martine at the supermarket

Martine dept store

Martine at the department store

Martine gardening

Martine’s friend on the beach