‘My friend really loves history … can she look at that really old Jackie?’: Contemporary Girls Encountering Historical Periodicals for Girls

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This chapter explores the use of central British twentieth century girl’s periodical, Jackie (DC Thomson, 1964−93) in workshops run as part of the Girl-Kind NE annual celebrations of International Day of the Girl.

It will look at responses to the content of Jackie, which centred on popular culture and contained comic strips and fiction alongside articles and pin-ups. Additionally, the female staff and readers’ voices came through strongly throughout, especially on the ‘problem page’ featuring ‘agony aunts’ Cathy and Claire. The girls who attended the event, and the staff accompanying them, worked with original copies from the 1960s onward, alongside annuals and collections developed for the nostalgia market.

The participants created mini-zine pages centred on the problems and challenges girls face today, stimulated by what they found in Jackie about how girls in the past found and accessed information about music, consumerism, health and sexuality. Talking about what they thought about the periodical also had some surprising results, as, after initial amusement at the fashions, the contemporary girls engaged with the quizzes, letters, horoscopes and other items with enthusiasm.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Edinburgh History of Children's Periodicals
EditorsKristine Moruzi, Beth Rodgers, Michelle J. Smith
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781399506656
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 Jan 2024

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