|'Join Our Happy Vintage Family'|
I love this advert for Butlins which I found in an old copy of the Illustrated magazine from April 1939.
I wonder if the person who took original possession of this edition had time to enjoy a holiday or were they aware of "The Gathering Storm" that Churchill had sensed. Within four months the massive war in Europe had begun and the lives of a generation were turned upside down.
|"The First Day Of Sunshine"|
A big pile of these magazines landed on my doorstep earlier this week, a gift from a neighbour who had seen me in the street putting up posters for the forthcoming Vintage Fair at St Matthews. They date from the 30s and 40s and I found myself leafing through them, a great way to get in touch with the style, domestic life and concerns of the era.
|Saturday 15th September|
If you want to take a step back into the past come along to the 9th Northampton Vintage Fair. There will be two sales rooms full of stalls selling high quality original vintage items from the 30s-early60s. There will also be stalls with vintage inspired handmade gifts and wares to complement the vintage home. The ambience is made complete by music from the period and an 'old style' tea-shop with vintage china and embroidered cloths. The cakes are homemade and delicious.
|St Matthews In Northampton|
Our Home For The Day - 15th September
Demand for tables has been such that we have invited people to set up on the lawn outside the church rooms for the first time. The fair inside will of course go ahead regardless of the weather but it will be lovely to see lots of stalls in the garden if the weather is kind.
|Delicious Cakes Await You|
The 'Old Style' tea-room is always popular in Northampton, it sits next to the stalls in the main sales room. Take afternoon tea as you listen to the sounds of the 40s and 50s (and a bit of 20s and 70s!) and catch up with friends.
The doors open at 11am, we will be there 'come rain or shine' and hope that you will be joining us. Best wishes and see you on the 15th.