Man About Town magazine covers from 1950s and 1960s

These covers are from Man About Town, a pioneering men's magazine. It was launched by the world's most influential fashion magazine, John Taylor's Tailor & Cutter, in 1953. It became part of the swinging 1960s at Michael Heseltine's Cornmarket – later Haymarket. Its design, particularly under Tom Wolsey, showed the influence of advertising, Germany's Twen and US magazines. It later increased frequency and shortened its name to About Town and then Town. I'd be grateful to anyone who can fill in the gaps (tony [at] magforum.com). With thanks to Chris Gregory at InddTraining, Neil Raphael, Mark Isaacs and Adam Smith.

History of Man About Town


Man About Town 1953-54 (quarterly, Tailor & Cutter)


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Man About Town magazine cover: 1953 launch issue. The cover design was by Frank Bellamy, the Dan Dare and Eagle comic artist A totally different look for the Man About Town magazine cover of Summer 1954 Man About Town magazine cover for Winter 1954 looks like Frank Bellamy's style from the launch issue

Man About Town 1955 (quarterly, Tailor & Cutter)


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Man About Town magazine cover: Spring 1955. Articles included Victor Silvester on how to Mambo; modifying your car for stock racing; punch drunkenness; and how to plan a bachelor flat Man About Town magazine cover: Summer 1955 Man About Town magazine cover: Autumn. Learning to fly; pin-ups, including 18-year-old Jackie Collins; David Embury on how to invent cocktails; and eating your way round the world without leaving Soho Man About Town magazine cover: Winter 1955

Man About Town 1956 (quarterly, Tailor & Cutter)


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Man About Town magazine cover: Spring. Fiction by Somerset maughan – 'Closed Shop'; perfect martinis; 'mensur' – German duelling; and Anthony Burgess on parachuting. Cover by Maurice Rickards; illustrations by Franciszka Themerson Man About Town magazine cover: Summer. Tattooing for men and women; witticisms of Bernard Shaw; French tongue-twisters; skin-diving; and the best hotels in Europe Man About Town magazine cover: Autumn 1956 Man About Town magazine cover: Winter 1956

Man About Town 1957 (quarterly, Tailor & Cutter)


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Man About Town magazine cover: Spring 1957 Man About Town magazine cover: Summer 1957. How to wear Harris Tweed; convertible beds, illustrated by Marc (Boxer) cartoon; and poor dressing from Prince Philip Man About Town magazine cover: Autumn 1957 Man About Town magazine cover: Winter 1957

Man About Town 1958 (quarterly, Tailor & Cutter)


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Man About Town magazine cover: Spring 1958 Man About Town magazine cover: Summer 1958. Guide to young love; country houses to rubberneck; illustrations by Heath; the flair of a romantic cape Man About Town magazine cover: Autumn. Helps you to be good ... at being bad; the perils of kingship by L.G. Pine with Heath cartoon; advert for Aston Martin DBIII; My angry old man by Ivan Roe illustrated by Beresford Egan. Cover by Maurice Rickards Man About Town magazine cover: Winter 1958

Man About Town 1959 (quarterly, Tailor & Cutter)


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Man About Town 1960 (quarterly, Cornmarket)


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Man About Town magazine cover: Spring 1960 Man About Town magazine cover: Summer 1960 Man About Town magazine cover: November 1960 Man About Town magazine cover: December 1960

Man About Town / About Town 1961, Cornmarket


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About Town magazine cover: January 1961 About Town magazine cover: February About Town magazine cover: March About Town magazine cover: April
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About Town magazine cover: May 1961 About Town magazine cover: June About Town magazine cover: July About Town magazine cover: August
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About Town magazine cover: September 1961 About Town magazine cover: October About Town magazine cover: November About Town magazine cover: December

About Town / Town 1962 (monthly, Cornmarket)


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About Town magazine cover: January 1962 (Christmas 1961 on the cover) About Town magazine cover: February. The word 'About' is demoted to the bar of the T in the title. The phrase 'For Men' can be seen below the N About Town magazine cover: March About Town magazine cover: April
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Town magazine cover: May Town magazine cover: June. The last issue to use the word 'About' in the title. Town magazine cover: July. 'For men', the date line and the price are included in the vertical strokes of the title Town magazine with Julie Christie on the cover: August
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Town magazine cover: September Town magazine cover: October Town magazine with Marilyn Monroe on the cover: November Town magazine cover: December 1962

Town 1963 (monthly, Haymarket)


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Town magazine cover: January 1963 Town magazine cover: February Town magazine cover: March Town magazine cover: April
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Town magazine pop art cover by Barry Fantoni: May 1963 Town magazine cover: June Town magazine cover: July Town magazine cover: August
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Town 1964 (monthly, Haymarket)


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Town magazine cover: January 1964 Town magazine cover: February Town magazine cover: March Town magazine cover: April
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Town 1965 (monthly, Haymarket)


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Town magazine cover: January 1965 Town magazine cover: February Town magazine cover: March Town magazine cover: April. Spy issue focusing on Ipcress File author Len Deighton
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Town magazine cover: May 1965 Town magazine cover: June Town magazine cover: July Town magazine cover: August
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Town 1966 (monthly, Haymarket)


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Town magazine cover: January 1966 Town magazine cover: February Town magazine cover: March Town magazine cover: April
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Town magazine cover: May 1966 Town magazine Raquel Welch cover: June Town magazine cover: July Town magazine cover: August
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Town magazine cover: September 1966. Profile on the News of the World Town magazine cover: October Town magazine cover: November Town magazine cover: December

Town 1967 (monthly, Haymarket)


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Town magazine cover: January 1967 Town magazine cover: February Town magazine psychedelia cover: March Town magazine cover: April
Town magazine front cover 1967 Town magazine cover: June 1967 Town magazine front cover 1967 twon magazine august 1967
Town magazine cover: May 1967 Town magazine cover: June Town magazine cover: July Town magazine cover: August
Town magazine front cover 1967 Town magazine front cover 1967 Town magazine cover 1967 About Town magazine cover December 1967
Town magazine cover: September 1967 Town magazine cover: October Town magazine cover: November Town magazine cover: December

Town 1968 (monthly, Haymarket)


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Town magazine cover: January 68 – the last issue