Dec 012018
 

To end the year, we start not with a drawing on the front page of The Land Girl, but quite unusually – a photograph!

 

The front page photo of the December 1942 edition showed Lady Roosevelt amongst a sea of smiling Land Girls during her visit to Britain in November. The Land Girl opened it’s issue with the following reflection on the importance of co-operation between countries:

Mrs Roosevelt’s visit to this country was important not only immediately but because of its wider significance. […] The difficult lesson we have got to learn is that of our mutual dependence on one another – if we can’t sink our national pride and learn to get together we shall surely vanish from the face of the earth, fighting one another to the last gasp.

The Land Girl reported on the visit as ‘another link of friendship’ between Britain and America. Lady Roosevelt took a trip to see women threshing, thatching, silage making, and milking in Warwickshire. She was driven majestically through from Marston Hostel through to Oldberrow House Hostel in Henley-in-Arden.

Lady Roosevelt with Land Girls p.6

After a rather difficult journey for the tractor driver, Land Girl Margaret Browett, Lady Roosevelt then watched Land Girls ploughing with an American caterpillar tractor – the ‘special relationship’ in action. The Women’s Land Army then treated Lady Roosevelt to coffee and cakes, where she signed many an autograph book. She also received an album of photographs, ‘bound in deerskin, with the L.A. badge on the cover’.

This coverage of Lady Roosevelt’s visit was made complete, when The Land Girl published a telegram sent to Lady Denman:

The Exhibition which the Land Army arranged for me of its work at Oldberrow, was one of the most interesting features of my visit to Great Britain and I should be grateful if you would thank all those concerned and convey my congratulations and good wishes to all the members of the Land Army.

And did The Land Girl ever publish a Christmas design?

The front page drawing from the December 1944 edition of The Land Girl.

The front page drawing from the December 1944 edition of The Land Girl.

2 years later, The Land Girl published a jolly image drawn by Isobel Mount in Scotland. Those with a good memory might recall that Mount was also the artist behind the final design of The Land Girl, published in March 1947. She was also the author of the regular series Miss Baxter and I.


This is the last of the my posts which look at the front page of The Land Girl. To take a look back at the year of posts, click here. Keep tuned for a new way to mark every month in 2019.

Jan 012018
 

To mark the first day of every month in 2018, we will be looking at a range of illustrations which Land Girls themselves drew and sent in for The Land Girl magazine. Not only were Land Girls and Lumber Jills working hard on the land and in the forests, but some also found the time to put pen to paper and draw!

In 1942, the front page of The Land Girl contained the following about the rotation of illustrations for The Land Girl covers:

New Departures from the front page of the April 1942 edition of The Land Girl.

New Departures from the front page of the April 1942 edition of The Land Girl.

Not only are these illustrations interesting to look at, but they are are useful for considering how Land Girls came to represent their experiences – sometimes humorously, sometimes seriously. As you can see from the selection of images below, some were simple sketches such as the one used for January 1942. Others were more detailed, as seen with the effective use of shading by Audrey Wakeford and Anthea Shelmerdine for January 1946 and 1947 respectively. These illustrations portray Land Girls undertaking several jobs such as feeding lambs, milking cows, delivering milk, clearing, and picking potatoes.


The Land Girl Image January 1942

January 1942 by Miss Barbara Hey.

The Land Girl Image January 1943

January 1943, by Miss J Salisbury (72819), Warwickshire.

The Land Girl Image January 1944

January 1944 by Miss Audrey Wakeford (40839), Berkshire

The Land Girl Image January 1945

January 1945 by E.Wright (73902), who won first prize in a WLA Handicrafts Exhibition in West Suffolk.

The Land Girl Image January 1946

January 1946 by Audrey Wakeford (40839), Berkshire, whose work makes another appearance.

The Land Girl Image January 1947

January 1947 by Anthea Shelmerdine (36469), Salop


 

Dec 252016
 
Warwickshire Women's Land Army Christmas Card Source: Catherine Procter Women's Land Army Collection

Warwickshire Women’s Land Army Christmas Card
Source: Catherine Procter Women’s Land Army Collection

 

Warwickshire Women's Land Army Christmas Card Source: Catherine Procter Women's Land Army Collection

Inside of the Warwickshire Women’s Land Army Christmas Card. Printed from Dora Fielden, Kineton House, Warwickshire, Christmas 1941.

 

Jul 042016
 

General Information

Elise's caption for the photo: “Woman’s (sic) Land Army 1917. Rally, at Birmingham, going to see the Whip. Me!!! 5th Land Girl on the left.”

Elsie’s caption for the photo: “Woman’s (sic) Land Army 1917. Rally, at Birmingham, going to see the Whip. Me!!! 5th Land Girl on the left.”

First Name(s): Elsie

Unmarried Surname: Hurst

Married Surname: Preston – married 1921

Date of Birth: June 1900

Place of Birth: Quetta, India (now Pakistan)

Life After War

Life after war: My gran married a farm owner and they lived up in the Lake District.  They lost everything in 1924 with the foot and mouth epidemic.

Contributor Details

Name: Diane Marie Ginns

Relationship to Land Girl: Granddaughter

 

Birmingham and Warwickshire Rally Source: The Landswoman March 1918, p41

Elsie the third Land Girl in from the right at the Birmingham and Warwickshire Rally.
Source: The Landswoman March 1918, p41

 

Mar 282016
 

In December 2015, I had the great pleasure of participating in an interview for a feature on the Women’s Land Army for BBC Heir Hunters. The team tracked down Eileen Joan Berry, a Land Girl who worked in Warwickshire during the Second World War. As part of the team’s research into her family, I discussed the type of work women undertook and how Eileen’s work on the land was a complete change from her pre-war occupation as a invoice clerk. Following the war Eileen married William Jackson Jones in 1946.
To see the episode, click on the image below.

Filming for Heir Hunters in Norfolk!

Filming for Heir Hunters in my home county of Norfolk.

Eileen Joan Berry Women's Land Army Record Card

Eileen Joan Berry Women’s Land Army Record Card