Now. I don't remember my parents reading The Sphere magazine (or indeed similar) in the 50s, but these full page advertisements for Brooke Bond Tea somehow ring bells. They're from a series in 1955 called "Round and about with the 'little Red Vans'", and probably took their cue from contemporary Post Office posters that positioned Royal Mail vans in market squares and village streets countrywide. Mind you 'little Red Vans' is slightly coy, considering these vans are the quite beefy and utterly unique Trojans. But I'm fascinated by the illustrations, not just because they are so redolent of my childhood, but because advertisers and their agencies produced such stunning work at this time, Think Shell, Whitbread, Johnnie Walker. True commercial art, the Suffolk scene at the top is by Rowland Hilder, the Broad Quay in Bristol by Morden. Time for a cuppa.
I am a designer, writer and photographer who spends all his time looking at England, particularly buildings and the countryside. But I have a leaning towards the slightly odd and neglected, the unsung elements that make England such an interesting place to live in. I am the author and photographer of over 25 books, in particular Unmitigated England (Adelphi 2006), More from Unmitigated England (Adelphi 2007), Cross Country (Wiley 2011), The Cigarette Papers (Frances Lincoln 2012), Preposterous Erections (Frances Lincoln 2012) and English Allsorts (Adelphi 2015)