I spent the last couple of days in Cambridge, celebrating Big Sis‘ birthday, having a jig to The Syndics and kayaking on the Cam. I also discovered a gem of a shop, The Old Chemist Shop Antique Centre. It’s certainly a gem. I didn’t have time to quite explore the shop fully – kayaks wait for no man, as they say – but I was in there long enough to spy a rack of clothes, some lovely cake stands, blue and white crockery, and bundles of other stuff I can’t begin to describe. Highly recommended.
I also found a good stack of magazines, including some from 1938 and 1939. I’ve been reading them this morning, and have come across an excellent selection of problem pages. The advice is being given by Leonora Elyes. You can see her steely gaze and common sense countenance above.
I have picked a selection of the problems and advice for you to appreciate how far we’ve come since 1938, or perhaps not! Click on each image for a larger version of the image.
As well as Leonora herself offering advice, problems were printed for other readers to offer their advice, not so different to today, eh? Then the chosen prize-winning answer would be printed the next week, like the problems below.