|Annual number 7|
They were a by product of the popular comics like Eagle, Girl, Swift and the Lion and came out for Christmas.
But were books I kept going back to throughout the year and now fifty years after I got them as presents I still read them with pleasure.
So, not so much a present for Christmas as a friend for life.
My favourite was the Eagle but Hulton who published it were quick to spot its success could be replicated with a companion comic called Girl and two others aimed at a younger market.
These were the Swift and Robin and in the fullness of time I shall visit them too.
Today however I shall focus on the Girl Annual.
|Woman of Action Lotte Hass|
All of which seems a little twee but the books actively sought to show women could have careers from being doctors to competing with men in the most dangerous environment.
So the Girl Annual included pictures of Women in Action including the photographer Michaela Dennis, the deep sea diver and photographer Lotte Hass and the pilot Jacqueline Cochran.
There was also a long article on the careers open to women in the merchant navy.
Now I fully concede that all of these were the caring and sharing professions but it did refer to “World’s
First Woman Radio Operator Aboard ship gets her ticket” and was confident that while this was a foreign ship where “one merchant service makes a start, others will follow.”
|New foods for the 1950s's table|
It was instead an exciting period when everything seemed possible.
|Belle of the Ballet|
There might also be the threat of the H Bomb, countless nasty and brutish colonial wars and the legacy of many old habits and ideas but the world was changing and my Eagle and Girl annuals reflected that change.
And in the process were not afraid to reflect on what had been. So the story of Belle of the Ballet and A Midsummer Night's Dream was set in the blitzed out ruin of a church hall.
Pictures; from the collection of Andrew Simpson