'Corner of kitchen, Tione', c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham
'Corner of kitchen, Tione', c1950. Interior in the Dolomites, Italy, with an iron on the hearth and a wooden bench. Shirley Markham (1931-1999) studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central School of Art in London from 1950-1952. The writer, artist, poet, and illustrator Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) was one of her tutors, and her style of drawing was also influenced by other British illustrators such as Edward Ardizzone, Quentin Blake and Edward Bawden. Markham spent time in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy, and also visited Rome, sketching classical buildings. After graduating from Central, she worked as a graphic designer, producing book illustrations, cartoons for comics, menus and programmes. She gave up her promising career however when she got married in 1957. Middle-class women at that time were expected to devote their energies to bringing up children and running the home, and despite her obvious talent, she lacked the confidence to return to illustration. Her portfolio remained in the family attic for many years, but now her work is published here for the first time.
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East Midlands Gas Board shop window cooker display, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, 1961
East Midlands Gas Board shop window display, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, 1961. For their July 1961 window display in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the East Midlands Gas Board promote the use of gas with their No Guessing with Gas slogan, with its visible heat and instant control. The stand next to the Flavel cooker on the right encourages the housewife to Flatter him, Pamper him and Spoil him. Such displays of sexism would not be received well today and the Generous Trade in Allowance sign would probably refer to the man of the house rather than an old cooker.
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Carpet sweeper, c1900s. Artist: Unknown
Carpet sweeper, c1900s. A startled insect hurries to escape from a woman using a carpet sweeper, which the insect has confused with an automobile. This type of carpet sweeper was invented by Melville and Anna Bissell in 1876. As it is pushed along, the wheels of the carpet sweeper rotate a brush underneath. This dislodges the dirt from the carpet and sweeps it inside. The Bissells went on to build a factory in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the US in 1883. Their sweeper was introduced into Britain in 1887. From Life.
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