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Fabulous Cover Photos of the Picture Post Magazine from the 1930s to 1950s

Picture Post was a photojournalistic magazine published in the United Kingdom from 1938 to 1957. The magazine sold more than 1.7 million copies in just two months and was considered a pioneering example of photojournalism. Many have compared it to Life magazine.

The magazine’s editorial stance was liberal, anti-fascist, and populist, and from the start, Picture Post fought against the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany. As part of a picture story in the 26 November 1938 issue, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, and Hermann Göring were juxtaposed with the faces of scientists, writers, and actors they were persecuting.

The following are vintage photos of Picture Post covers from the 1930s to the 1950s.

#1 No.1, Picture Post, October 1st, 1938

No.1, Picture Post, October 1st, 1938

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#2 The Queen’s Dressmaker, Picture Post, November 19th, 1938

The Queen’s Dressmaker, Picture Post, November 19th, 1938

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#3 Eastenders at War, Picture Post, September 28th, 1940

Eastenders at War, Picture Post, September 28th, 1940

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#4 A Plan To Save India, Picture Post, February 28th, 1942

A Plan To Save India, Picture Post, February 28th, 1942

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#5 Carla Lehmann, Picture Post, July 11th, 1942

Carla Lehmann, Picture Post, July 11th, 1942

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#6 Wartime Terminus, Picture Post, May 23rd, 1942

Wartime Terminus, Picture Post, May 23rd, 1942

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#7 We Make A Challenge, Picture Post, February 21st, 1942

We Make A Challenge, Picture Post, February 21st, 1942

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#8 Girl From Honolulu, Picture Post, February 12th, 1944

Girl From Honolulu, Picture Post, February 12th, 1944

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#9 Wounded with a cup of tea, Picture Post, July 1st 1944

Wounded with a cup of tea, Picture Post, July 1st 1944

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#10 Easter Special, Picture Post, April 20th, 1946

Easter Special, Picture Post, April 20th, 1946

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#11 In Praise of Summer, Picture Post, June 8th, 1946

In Praise of Summer, Picture Post, June 8th, 1946

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#12 Mainly Fair, Picture Post, August 3rd, 1946

Mainly Fair, Picture Post, August 3rd, 1946

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#13 4Science Fights Famine, Picture Post, May 18th, 1946

4Science Fights Famine, Picture Post, May 18th, 1946

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#14 The End of the Holiday, Picture Post, September 14th, 1946

The End of the Holiday, Picture Post, September 14th, 1946

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#15 Marilyn Monroe, Picture Post, December 13th, 1947

Marilyn Monroe, Picture Post, December 13th, 1947

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#16 Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini on the Italian island of Stromboli, Picture Post, May 14th, 1949

Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini on the Italian island of Stromboli, Picture Post, May 14th, 1949

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#17 Marilyn Monroe, Picture Post, August 13th, 1949

Marilyn Monroe, Picture Post, August 13th, 1949

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#18 Winston Churchill, Picture Post, September 3rd, 1949

Winston Churchill, Picture Post, September 3rd, 1949

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#19 A Month With Princess Margaret, Picture Post, August 12th, 1950

A Month With Princess Margaret, Picture Post, August 12th, 1950

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#20 How Should We Choose Our Allies, Picture Post, September 2nd, 1950

How Should We Choose Our Allies, Picture Post, September 2nd, 1950

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#21 New Star in the Ricefields, Picture Post, March 11th, 1950

New Star in the Ricefields, Picture Post, March 11th, 1950

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#22 Ava Gardner, Picture Post, January 27th, 1951

Ava Gardner, Picture Post, January 27th, 1951

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#23 Richard Burton, Picture Post, August 25th, 1951

Richard Burton, Picture Post, August 25th, 1951

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#24 Zsa Zsa Gabor, Picture Post, November 29th, 1952

Zsa Zsa Gabor, Picture Post, November 29th, 1952

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#25 Bridget Bardot, Picture Post, March 24th, 1954

Bridget Bardot, Picture Post, March 24th, 1954

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#26 Elizabeth Taylor, Picture Post, March 27th, 1954

Elizabeth Taylor, Picture Post, March 27th, 1954

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#27 Grace Kelly, Picture Post, September 4th, 1954

Grace Kelly, Picture Post, September 4th, 1954

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#28 Janet Leigh, Picture Post, August 7th, 1954

Janet Leigh, Picture Post, August 7th, 1954

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#29 Leslie Caron, Picture Post, July 17th, 1954

Leslie Caron, Picture Post, July 17th, 1954

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#30 Marilyn Monroe, Picture Post, April 24th, 1954

Marilyn Monroe, Picture Post, April 24th, 1954

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#31 Roberta Cowell, Picture Post, March 13th, 1954

Roberta Cowell, Picture Post, March 13th, 1954

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#32 Petula Clark, Picture Post, June 11th, 1955

Petula Clark, Picture Post, June 11th, 1955

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#33 Lisa Gastoni, Picture Post, May 19th, 1956

Lisa Gastoni, Picture Post, May 19th, 1956

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#34 Marilyn Monroe, Picture Post, July 14th, 1956

Marilyn Monroe, Picture Post, July 14th, 1956

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#35 Marilyn Monroe, Picture Post, October 22nd, 1956

Marilyn Monroe, Picture Post, October 22nd, 1956

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Written by Jacob Aberto

Sincere, friendly, curious, ambitious, enthusiast. I'm a content crafter and social media expert. I love Classic Movies because their dialogue, scenery and stories are awesome.

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