Tuesday, August 08, 2006

'The Strand' magazine

20 January 2006

I was talking to one of our neighbours about the Julian Barnes book on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (‘Arthur and George’) and he lent me some bound copies of The Strand magazine from 1920 which I have been reading this week. The Strand was where all the Sherlock Holmes stories were first published and these issues include pieces by Conan Doyle. There are also original stories by H.G. Wells, P.G. Wodehouse and Edgar Wallace and cartoons by Heath Robinson. But the most fascinating thing is the adverts - for Player's cigarettes, Viyella (the all-British washing material of practical value) and Rowlands macassar oil (nothing will give your hair such a radiant healthy appearance).



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