We have an array of interesting images used in The Land Girl to welcome in the month of May. The first drawing by E Hodgkin, from 1940, is a humorous depiction of a Land Girl facing off with a bull. She holds a bucket of milk and looks, quite frankly, terrified at the prospect of milking a cow. Indeed, some women recount how they were not taught how to milk a bull; the farmer just gave them a bucket and told them to get on with it! How frightened would you be, if you’d had no experience before? The second drawing, published in 1943 presents the process of milking in a much more positive way. A Land Girl strolls away with bucket in hand, presumably after a good milking session. This drawing gives more focus to the wider farming landscape. So too does the final drawing for May 1946, which depicts Land Girls creating a haystack. They stand upon a trailer in order to reach the top of the stack – maybe showing that they can quite literally measure up to the job. The artist foregrounds the countryside landscape and presents a somewhat idyllic scene . Maybe this drawing reflects the growing confidence that Land Girls experienced after being in the WLA for several years.
20 April 1918: On this day in 1918, the Women’s Land Army held a rally in London, while in Folkestone, Alice’s life hits a new low.
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Click here, or on the image above, to watch an episode of Heir Hunters, which features a Land Girl veteran sharing memories of her wartime service. Skip to the last 10 minutes to see coverage of the WLA.
Here we have three very different types of illustration, featured on the front page of The Land Girl for its April issues. All of them show the figure of a Land Girl, though they take up different amounts of space on the page. R.Morris’s drawing for 1942 depicts the Land Girl looking out over the farming landscape. E.Zierer’s 1944 illustration is more playful, with three Land Girls doodled across the words The Land Girl. The women are in variations of the Land Girl uniform; two in the iconic breeches and the other in dungarees. The uniforms themselves are rather figure hugging, accentuating the women’s waists. The final 1945 drawing by P. Newton is the most detailed of all three, depicting a happy Land Girl jumping for joy as she clutches some daffodils. The drawing presents a somewhat idyllic representation, with flowers growing from the title and lambs bounding about in the foreground. The three drawings signal the start of spring in the pages of the magazine, choosing to draw attention to the landscape and animals.