Sunday morning reading at our house in the 1950’s: the New York Daily News (crime and show biz); the Saturday Evening Post (illustrations by Norman Rockwell) and the Star Weekly, a picture magazine about the Canadian Dominion and the world. Published in TORONTO, the Star Weekly was distributed coast to coast the hard way – by road, rail and air. A non-glossy, it was essential reading – my mother never missed an issue. Its photographs found their way into thousands of scrapbooks.
The Star Weekly’s wartime covers have been collected into a book “The Star Weekly At War”, available at http://thistlexpress.com/books/ As an antidote to the horrors of actual war, these cover illustrations seem cheerful, heroic and oftentimes romantic.