Country Fair: A monthly journal of the open air

I found these Country Fair magazines a couple of weeks ago at a boot fair and bought them purely for the bright coloured covers and sweet little illustrations. The lady selling them had about 30 issues and I'm now wishing I'd bought the whole lot!

Out of the three I bought, one is from February 1954 (red donkey cover - illustration by John Hanna), one from August 1962 (orange pigeon cover - illustration by D Shannon) and one from May 1963 (pink bird cover - illustration by D Shannon). The pink one is my favourite - I love the illustration of the cherries and the little bird in his beret.

Here are a few more of the John Hanna illustrated covers I found over on Automatism:

If you like these you might also like my collection of Which? covers.

Mon 31 Aug 2009

Posted under: Design , Illustration , Magazine




08 Aug 2009 07:16 PM

another awesome post.

Make Do Style

08 Aug 2009 08:50 PM

Top bananas - I need to go to a car boot with you!


08 Aug 2009 11:43 PM

These are so great! Here are three more (two definitely Hanna - not sure of the orange one as the image is small).

What cool covers.

Patrick Wirbeleit

09 Sep 2009 08:18 AM

WOW! These are fantastic! That will give me the “inspire kick in the ass” for today. Thank you.

Delicious Industries

09 Sep 2009 11:45 AM

Thanks guys, glad you like them and thanks Beth for the links to more covers!

Kickcan and Conkers

09 Sep 2009 02:38 PM

Fabulous find here. If you’re interested a compendium of the best issues from the 50s is available at

great stuff!

Delicious Industries

09 Sep 2009 03:04 PM

Kickcan and Conkers - Thanks for the link, I’ll have to order that book. Much easier to store one book than a stack of magazines!


09 Sep 2009 03:50 PM

beautiful. I’m always a sucker for low-color stuff like that.

and the subject matter really hits me where I live. If these don’t make you want to save the family farm and rural America from corporate agri-business, nothing will.

Thanks for posting these.

Top Bird @ Wee Birdy

09 Sep 2009 03:58 PM

Stop it, these are too adorable! Love the birdy, too (natch). Super car boot finds. I’ll have to tag along with Make Do Style for your next trip! xx

Top Bird @ Wee Birdy

09 Sep 2009 04:02 PM

p.s. just tweeted about this post!

fiona kate

09 Sep 2009 02:11 AM

note to self . must attend more car boot sales. Gorgeous illustrations what a find!

william wray

09 Sep 2009 02:24 AM

amazing how may forgotten artists keep turning up. Lovely!

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