It's going to be on sale at the Watercress Line's summer War on the Line event, which is taking place on the 5th and 6th June, and also commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. I'll be there on the Saturday, signing calendars and posing for photos. They're only printing 500, so perhaps they'll become a collectors' item in years to come.... ;) But seriously, all proceeds are going to be split between the Railway and Help for Heroes, so every penny of the £10 cost is going to a very good cause.
The best part is, I can now reveal some of the shots which didn't make it into the final calendar, but which bear some showing off, and will hopefully tempt some of you into buying a calendar to see the rest! The photographers for both days were my good friend and highly talented snapper Sean Kelly, aka O'Malley and the lovely Agness Lugowska. Thank you, both, and thanks to Tim Beere of the Watercress Line for having us!
We did the first shoot in chilly February, and the second in unfortunately almost-as-chilly early May, and though both days were extremely long and required at least 6 outfit changes per day, I think the final shots were worth every second of shivering! There were a few main themes. The first was to portray the less glamorous side of life on the railway during WWII - the working woman. Obviously, some artistic license was taken... I don't think red overalls would have been much in evidence! Never mind, eh?
We had authentic steam, authentic coal, and I was covered in authentic smuts and grime afterwards! Clockwise from top right, my outfits are: overalls from Vivien of Holloway and shirt from Heyday, 40s style fairisle jumper from Rocket Originals and trousers from Heyday, same outfit as before, and trousers from Heyday, short sleeve green jumper is from Dressing4Impressing and the cardi is from Dixabilly.
The next thing to depict was the other kind of working woman - safely clean and indoors in her workday frock, but no less demanding a job!
Secretarial duties, cleaning and serving at the canteen, carrying a fire bucket (OK, this definitely isn't standard uniform!). Everything is vintage, except for the Able Grable Hedy and the snood, but I can't remember where I got it! Red FF seams are from What Katie Did's old stock. Shoes are Remix!
And last but certainly not least, we did some more gratuitously glamorous and cheeky pin-up shots for good measure!
The gown in the top left is from Able Grable, the rest are all vintage, including a white feedsack frock from Q's Daydream Vintage and the black velvet jacket is part of a stunning suit from VioletVille Vintage!
Hope you like the photos. The calendars will be first available at War on the Line and then they will be for sale from the Watercress Line. When I have details I will of course pass them on. Plus, I do have some more informative posts coming soon, so stay tuned!