Reading for Women in 1939

A surprise find – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier being serialized in a 1939 Australian Woman’s magazine, .

Bound for Australia

This week Sepia Saturday has invited us to start with an old advertisement.  And so I chose this one from a coverless copy of the  Australian magazine Woman  of  5th June, 1939 .  Who could have imagined instant hot water in the kitchen sink.  No more carrying kettles of boiling water over to the sink from the stove.  Marvellous.

sink HWS 1939The magazine has an advertisement on nearly every page with a strong emphasis on cures for colds, tinned food, bile beans, pick-me-up Worcestershire sauce, sewing machines – all things to tempt the housewife.

But I was in for a surprise.  Do you remember this famous opening line ?

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again

This was from Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier  and here it is being serialized in a 1939 magazine.  In this issue they are up to Chapter 6, soon after Mrs van Hopper…

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  1. I loved reading Rebecca the first time around, so many years ago….and sometimes try to pick it up and read it again. Interesting that is was serialised in a magazine back in 1939. Thanks for mentioning it. I gave away my loved copy to someone who then told me they “couldn’t be bothered reading it”. I think I need to buy myself another copy and read it again. Cheers

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