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Pinafore Collection

Step back in time with this captivating retro poster advertising HMS Pinafore

Background imagePinafore Collection: Poster advertising Sunlight Soap

Poster advertising Sunlight Soap -- for rest and leisure. Date: early 20th century

Background imagePinafore Collection: Poster advertising HMS Pinafore

Poster advertising HMS Pinafore, a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. 20th century

Background imagePinafore Collection: Pinafore / Programme 1

Pinafore / Programme 1
Cover of the programme for the original production, incorporating portraits of Mr Gilbert and Mr Sullivan, also Mr D Oyly Carte

Background imagePinafore Collection: Retro poster, Gilbert & Sullivan, D Oyly Carte

Retro poster, Gilbert & Sullivan, D Oyly Carte
Retro poster for Gilbert & Sullivan, D Oyly Carte, character from HMS Pinafore. 1960s

Background imagePinafore Collection: Two girls with their chickens

Two girls with their chickens
Two sister with their chicks circa 1880

Background imagePinafore Collection: Just Off by Muriel Dawson

Just Off by Muriel Dawson
A solemn little girl in a blue pinafore, pushes a bright red toy pram containing her dolls

Background imagePinafore Collection: Girl Reads Struwelpeter

Girl Reads Struwelpeter
A young girl improves her sense of right and wrong by reading Struwwelpeter

Background imagePinafore Collection: Retro poster, Gilbert & Sullivan, D Oyly Carte

Retro poster, Gilbert & Sullivan, D Oyly Carte
Retro poster for Gilbert & Sullivan, D Oyly Carte, character from HMS Pinafore. 1960s

Background imagePinafore Collection: Gibbs Happy Families - Mrs Bun

Gibbs Happy Families - Mrs Bun the Bakers wife. 20th century

Background imagePinafore Collection: Two neighbours chatting over a fence

Two neighbours chatting over a fence. Date: circa 1950s

Background imagePinafore Collection: DRYING DISMAL DESMOND

DRYING DISMAL DESMOND
A little girl pegs out her freshly washed Dismal Desmond toy dalmatian dog to dry on the washing line in her back yard! Date: early 1930s

Background imagePinafore Collection: English Rose kitchen advertisement

English Rose kitchen advertisement
Advertisement for the wonderfully retro English Rose fitted kitchens of the 1950s depicting a housewife in a jolly yellow pinny proudly showing off her pristine new kitchen. c.1955

Background imagePinafore Collection: Abc Cafe London / 1900

Abc Cafe London / 1900
The Aerated Bread Company Cafe (ABC) Ludgate Hill, London. The tea rooms opened in the 1860s, serving hot drinks and snacks. The stair sign reads Ladies Coffee Room Downstairs

Background imagePinafore Collection: The Cottage Door, 1899

The Cottage Door, 1899. A print from The Magazine of Art, Cassell and Company, Limited, 1899

Background imagePinafore Collection: Three women with a dog at an open window

Three women with a dog at an open window
Three women with a Jack Russell terrier at an open window. Date: circa 1900s

Background imagePinafore Collection: The Coming of Spring, 1899 (oil on canvas)

The Coming of Spring, 1899 (oil on canvas)
GLS314072 The Coming of Spring, 1899 (oil on canvas) by Hornel, Edward Atkinson (1864-1933); 196.6x166 cm; Glasgow Museums, UK; © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Background imagePinafore Collection: HMS Pinafore, Captain Corcoran and crew

HMS Pinafore, Captain Corcoran and crew
HMS Pinafore. Captain Corcoran and crew of the ship. My gallant crew, good morning! Date: 1908

Background imagePinafore Collection: The Puppy (w / c)

The Puppy (w / c)
XPG379458 The Puppy (w/c) by Strachan, Arthur Claude (1865-1935); Private Collection; Scottish, it is possible that some works by this artist may be protected by third party rights in some territories

Background imagePinafore Collection: Susi - with girl, mixing bowl and kitten

Susi - with girl, mixing bowl and kitten. 1950s

Background imagePinafore Collection: Receiving Valentines

Receiving Valentines
Two girls have been waiting eagerly for the post on Saint Valentines Day : now one of them holds out her pinafore to receive her share from the postman

Background imagePinafore Collection: Peaceful Afternoon (w / c)

Peaceful Afternoon (w / c)
XPG379463 Peaceful Afternoon (w/c) by Strachan, Arthur Claude (1865-1935); Private Collection

Background imagePinafore Collection: W Heath Robinson - Peeling Potatoes by Gramophone

W Heath Robinson - Peeling Potatoes by Gramophone

Background imagePinafore Collection: Servants at Reipole House, Loch Sunart, Argyll, Scotland

Servants at Reipole House, Loch Sunart, Argyll, Scotland
Group of six servants at Reipole House, Loch Sunart, Argyll, Scotland. circa 1895

Background imagePinafore Collection: Pinafore / Programme 2

Pinafore / Programme 2
Inside pages of the programme for the original production, naming George Grossmith as Sir Joseph Porter

Background imagePinafore Collection: Children being shown straw beehives or skeps

Children being shown straw beehives or skeps
863254 Children being shown straw beehives or skeps; (add.info.: Industry'. Children being shown straw beehives or skeps. In the 19th century Bees were a popular example of industriousness)

Background imagePinafore Collection: Glamour girl Geraldine June wearing a pinafore. January 1975 75-00316-007

Glamour girl Geraldine June wearing a pinafore. January 1975 75-00316-007

Background imagePinafore Collection: St Hilary School, Cornwall. Around 1914

St Hilary School, Cornwall. Around 1914
Group 1 children at St Hilary School together with their teachers. The group are standing just to the left of the door of the school building. Photographer: Samuel John Govier

Background imagePinafore Collection: Model in mini skirt suit, with white beret and gloves

Model in mini skirt suit, with white beret and gloves
Model in mini skirt suit, with white beret and white gloves. Date: 1967

Background imagePinafore Collection: Model in mini skirt pinafore dress with box jacket

Model in mini skirt pinafore dress with box jacket, white beret and white gloves. Date: circa 1967

Background imagePinafore Collection: Client: Kamella - Knitwear in Orlon (Du Pont)

Client: Kamella - Knitwear in Orlon (Du Pont). The little girl is wearing a long-sleeve pinafore/jersey dress in Orlon. The little boy's two-piece suit is also in Orlon. Date: circa 1966

Background imagePinafore Collection: Housewife Wearing a Pinafore, 1887 (engraving)

Housewife Wearing a Pinafore, 1887 (engraving)
1574590 Housewife Wearing a Pinafore, 1887 (engraving); (add.info.: Housewife, wearing a pinafore to protect her dress, putting a pastry topping on a pie)

Background imagePinafore Collection: Group of Children in the Royal Caledonian Asylum - from a painting by Mr. Wighton, 1858

Group of Children in the Royal Caledonian Asylum - from a painting by Mr. Wighton, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Group of Children in the Royal Caledonian Asylum [in London] - from a painting by Mr. Wighton, 1858. The object of the institution is the maintenance and education of the children of soldiers

Background imagePinafore Collection: Portrait of a Girl, 19th century. Creator: Amanda Carolina Vilhelmina Sidwall

Portrait of a Girl, 19th century. Creator: Amanda Carolina Vilhelmina Sidwall
Portrait of a Girl, 19th century

Background imagePinafore Collection: Costumes de Différents Pays, Femme de l'Isle de Scio, c1797. Creator

Costumes de Différents Pays, Femme de l'Isle de Scio, c1797. Creator: Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur
Costumes de Differents Pays, Femme de l'Isle de Scio, c1797

Background imagePinafore Collection: Costumes de Différents Pays, Femme de l'Isle de Pathmos, c1797

Costumes de Différents Pays, Femme de l'Isle de Pathmos, c1797. Creators: Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur
Costumes de Differents Pays, Femme de l'Isle de Pathmos, c1797

Background imagePinafore Collection: Costumes de Différent Pays, Paysanne de L'Angoumois, c1797. Creator

Costumes de Différent Pays, Paysanne de L'Angoumois, c1797. Creator: Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur
Costumes de Different Pays, Paysanne de L'Angoumois, c1797

Background imagePinafore Collection: 'From Our Own Correspondent' - painted by W. Hemsley, 1856. Creator: Harvey Orrin Smith

"From Our Own Correspondent" - painted by W. Hemsley, 1856. Creator: Harvey Orrin Smith
"From Our Own Correspondent" - painted by W. Hemsley, 1856. Engraving of a painting in the Exhibition at the British Institution, ...suggested by the Crimean news

Background imagePinafore Collection: Playing Children, Enghave Square, 1907-1908. Creator: Peter Hansen

Playing Children, Enghave Square, 1907-1908. Creator: Peter Hansen
Playing Children, Enghave Square, 1907-1908

Background imagePinafore Collection: Julie von Benesch at the age of 8, 1889. Creator: Viktor Oskar Tilgner

Julie von Benesch at the age of 8, 1889. Creator: Viktor Oskar Tilgner
Julie von Benesch at the age of 8, 1889

Background imagePinafore Collection: 'Restored', by J. Clark, 1862. Creator: Unknown. 'Restored', by J. Clark, 1862. Creator: Unknown

"Restored", by J. Clark, 1862. Creator: Unknown. "Restored", by J. Clark, 1862. Creator: Unknown
"Restored", by J. Clark, 1862. Engraving of a painting....what charming studies of character are this father and daughter, going perhaps to, or coming from, church

Background imagePinafore Collection: 'The Wanderer', by J. Clark, 1862. Creator: Unknown. 'The Wanderer', by J. Clark, 1862

"The Wanderer", by J. Clark, 1862. Creator: Unknown. "The Wanderer", by J. Clark, 1862
"The Wanderer", by J. Clark, 1862. Engraving of a painting....absorbed with her little pet kitten, and perhaps led astray by its gambols and friskings, she has

Background imagePinafore Collection: Comic postcard, Servant and angry mistress Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Servant and angry mistress Date: 20th century

Background imagePinafore Collection: Comic postcard, Maid and mistress Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Maid and mistress Date: 20th century

Background imagePinafore Collection: Comic postcard, Two women talking over fence

Comic postcard, Two women talking over fence
Comic postcard, Two women talking over the garden fence. Well, the only pleasure I have in life now is taking my boots off! Date: 20th century

Background imagePinafore Collection: Glamour girl Geraldine June wearing a pinafore. January 1975 75-00316-013

Glamour girl Geraldine June wearing a pinafore. January 1975 75-00316-013

Background imagePinafore Collection: Glamour girl Geraldine June wearing a pinafore. January 1975 75-00316-020

Glamour girl Geraldine June wearing a pinafore. January 1975 75-00316-020

Background imagePinafore Collection: The Suffragette Housemaid 1908, (1933). Creator: Unknown

The Suffragette Housemaid 1908, (1933). Creator: Unknown
The Suffragette Housemaid 1908, (1933). A suffragette (Vera Wentworth?) wearing a pinafore advertising a protest on Londons Victoria Embankment

Background imagePinafore Collection: Edwardian childhood MCF01_02_1279

Edwardian childhood MCF01_02_1279
CHEDDAR, SEDGEMOOR, SOMERSET. An informal portrait of four children. The photograph was taken on a track beside the Cheddar Yeo river towards the south of the town



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Step back in time with this captivating retro poster advertising HMS Pinafore, a timeless Gilbert & Sullivan production brought to life by the renowned D Oyly Carte company. The vibrant colors and intricate details transport you to an era of elegance and charm. As you delve deeper into the poster, you'll notice another intriguing advertisement for Sunlight Soap, reminding us of simpler times when cleanliness was celebrated. This juxtaposition between two distinct worlds adds an extra layer of nostalgia. In the foreground, two girls proudly display their chickens, symbolizing innocence and rural simplicity. Their joy is contagious as they embrace the beauty of nature's gifts. Adjacent to them is Muriel Dawson's artwork titled "Just Off, " capturing a moment frozen in time where a young girl engrosses herself in reading Struwelpeter. This image speaks volumes about the power of literature and imagination. Moving towards the center, we are introduced to Captain Corcoran and his crew from HMS Pinafore. Their uniforms exude authority while their expressions hint at hidden stories waiting to be unraveled on stage. The English Rose kitchen advertisement takes us into domestic bliss with its promise of efficiency and comfort. It serves as a reminder that even amidst grand adventures like those aboard HMS Pinafore, everyday life continues with its own set of joys. Another retro poster featuring Gilbert & Sullivan's work reminds us once again of their enduring legacy within theater history. The collaboration between these talented artists created masterpieces that continue to captivate audiences today. Gibbs Happy Families introduces Mrs Bun, adding a touch of whimsy and humor to our journey through this visual narrative. It invites us to cherish moments spent playing games with loved ones - simple pleasures that bring people together across fences or any other barriers that may divide them. This pinafore-themed collection encapsulates various aspects of life during different eras: entertainment, hygiene products, artistry, literature appreciation, domesticity, and the power of connection.