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Rosie Pater­son se­lects a Fron­tispiece from each decade

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Rosie Pater­son se­lects a Fron­tispiece from each decade

Girls in pearls, babes of the week, English roses, first ladies: the Fron­tispiece is ar­guably one of the most iconic pages in mag­a­zine pub­lish­ing. ini­tially con­ceived to por­tray mem­bers of the aris­toc­racy and in­tro­duce young women into so­ci­ety, the page has taken many forms, evolv­ing to com­mem­o­rate en­gage­ments, achieve­ments, char­i­ta­ble en­deav­ours and bur­geon­ing ca­reers.

Princess Henry of Pless (June 26, 1897) An Ed­war­dian so­ci­ety belle, who reg­u­lary ap­peared in gos­sip col­umns of the day

(Jan­uary 21, 1911) The daugh­ter, from his sec­ond mar­riage, of the last Ma­hara­jah of the sikh Em­pire, who gave the Koh-i-noor di­a­mond to Princess Vic­to­ria Pauline Duleep Singh

Vis­count­ess As­tor (Novem­ber 1, 1919) Nancy As­tor was the first woman to sit in Par­lia­ment as an MP

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