C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd., Pearson's Buildings, Henrietta Street, London, W.C. 2
Men Only was founded in December 1935 explicitly for men. The first editorial stated: Until to-day, every magazine published in this country has been produced with at least one eye on the woman reader. We, on the other hand, are not interested in women readers. We don't want women readers. We won't have women readers.
The magazine didn't initially contain any photographs, only cartoons, a few of which were printed in colour. The text was generally serious: Winston Churchill contributed an article to the issue of July 1936 on The Battle of Sidney Street and there was an article in the same issue by Evelyn Waugh on the Egyptian city of Port Said.
The first issue of the magazine contained a simple humorous cartoon by Blampied and a reproduction of a lithograph of dogs, though slightly different from the published print. His work appeared in six issues in 1936, including a cover design for the Christmas number, but that was the last until after the Second World War and his involuntary internment in Jersey. Men Only was one of the few periodicals that Blampied continued to contribute to after the war, and four cartooons have been found in three issues between 1946 and 1949. Not all issues published after the war have been searched; the cartoons have been found while browsing issues of the magazine found in bookfairs. They are quite common. Although the magazine was still quite innocuous in the late 1940s, when it reproduced a few monochrome pictures of semi-naked women, the title is on restricted view at the Bodleian Library in Oxford University, and I had to view the pre-war issues under supervision in the Rare Books Room.
The cover of the Christmas issue, December 1936, by Blampied
Published: Monthly from December 1935 to April 1954, when it merged with London Opinion.
Price: 1 shilling in the 1930s; 1/3 in 1946; 1/6 in 1949.
Numbering: Volume of 6 issues, all issues sequentially numbered
Pages: 160 pages in 1936; fewer after the war.
Dimensions: 190 x 128 mm, with yapped covers
Editor: Not known
Printer: Hazell, Watson & Viney, Lyd., Aylesbury.
Blampied issues: 10
Type: MO = monochrome drawing; CO = colour drawing; the number indicates the number of drawings or pages.
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Issue: Dec-1935, vol. 1, no. 1, page 58. Price: 1/-. Type: MO1. Title: The Master Mounts.
Issue: Dec-1935, vol. 1, no. 1, page 115. Price: 1/-. Type: MO1. Title: The Two Coves.
[This cartoon is almost the same as a published lithograph of the same title published, I think, in 1933. The main difference is that the dog in the background does not have a walking stick under his arm. See the image to the right. How could he leave the house without it?]
Issue: Jan-1936, vol. 1, no. 2, page 17. Price: 1/-. Type: CO1. Title: L for Learners and L for leather.
Issue: Feb-1936, vol. 1, no. 3, page 37. Price: 1/-. Type: CO1. Title: The Meet.
Issue: Jun-1936, vol. 2, no. 7, page 85. Price: 1/-. Type: CO1. Title: Being and undertaker, I never discuss religion.
Issue: Jul-1936, vol. 2, no. 8, page 18. Price: 1/-. Type: CO1. Title: Flutterbies.
Issue: Jul-1936, vol. 2, no. 8, page 38. Price: 1/-. Type: MO1. Title: Pouring out the regiment's tea.
Issue: Dec-1936, vol. 4, no. 13, Christmas Number, page Cover. Price: 1/-. Type: CO1. Title: None.
Issue: Aug-1946, vol. 32, no. 129, page 22. Price: 1/3. Type: MO1. Title: Tall stories at the Ostrich Farmer's Club.
Issue: Jan-1947, vol. 34, no. 134, page 17. Price: 1/3. Type: CO1. Title: County!.
Issue: Jan-1947, vol. 34, no. 134, page 92. Price: 1/3. Type: CO1. Title: In high feather.
Issue: Mar-1948, vol. 37, no. 147, page 73. Price: 1/6. Type: CO1. Title: Try a little cotton wool in his ear.
Issue: Oct-1949, vol. 42, no. 166, page 40. Price: 1/6. Type: CO1. Title: The Pink Rat.