Glory Days magazine celebrates a Victorian Christmas
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Glory Days magazine celebrates a Victorian Christmas in Issue Four November
How did the UK's genius jelly mongers Bompas & Parr manage to create a room sized cocktail? Who was the gentleman that rode a penny farthing from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South? What exactly is Steampunk? And just where can you pick up the latest Victorian fashions?
Issue four of Glory Days vintage lifestyle magazine wrestles with these, and many other burning questions, in our quest to delve deep into the heart of Victoriana. While the 1800s may seem a step too far back in time for most vintage fans, we here at Glory Days HQ felt that it was far too rich an era to mine for interesting stories, to leave it buried in the past.
We have scoured New Zealand, and indeed the world, for stories and features to surprise and delight, and have unearthed some fascinating, and down right kooky, topics for readers in our Victorian Christmas issue including glow in the dark edible jellies, hair raising mourning jewellery and anthropomorphic taxidermy.
Penny farthings, the Auckland Exhibition of 1913 and a Christmas dinner recipe Oliver would be begging for.
The best festive tunes to spin, a Sausage Circus Sound System and an insiders tour of the Larrakin's former haunt.
Co-editor Rose Jackson says “There must have been something in the water that the Victorian's were imbibing to create the vast array of weird and wonderful inventions, ideas and customs that they came up with. While on the surface they might appear laced in, buttoned up types, once you look a little closer you find they were anything but! We thoroughly enjoyed research this era and were very pleased to discover some modern day proponents of the Victorian approach to life, which we have the pleasure of featuring in the pages of our Victorian Christmas edition”.
Aside from the cornucopia of interesting content within the pages of Glory Days issue four, the magazine has also been given a fitting cover exclusively designed by renowned New Zealand artist and illustrator Stephen Templer. Stephen's aim was to trying to capture a magical vintage Christmas in all its splendor, and wanted to take the viewer into the scene and feel a little of the joy and wonder of a bygone era.
Stephen says “I really enjoy Victorian shadow art and have been doing a lot of silhouette designs for laser cut art work and tea towel's recently. I started with some visual research on the Victorian family Christmas and based a the illustration on a family around a classical looking tree. Then I used the shadow style to create a Victorian townscape in the background, experimented with colour and decided a night sky would help give a magical atmospheric feel. Texture was then applied using old book covers from the era to give more atmosphere and an old world feel.” Issue four will be on the virtual shelves until early 2014, when we plan to launch our first ever hold-it-inyour- hands print issue so keep an eye on the magazine shelves for Glory Days next year!