Titillation & Gossip in Scandal Magazines: Tit-Bits Magazine

Resources:

     Tit-Bits (1954) ‘Secrets of a Glamour Girl’s Success.’ 15 May. 24-25&39

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Tit-Bits was a mass-circulation magazine focused on covering a broad range of general interest stories, original short fiction & pin-ups. The magazine often erred towards the titillating in terms of its content & was printed on low-quality news print paper (rather than the glossy paper on which Picture Post was printed). The poor-quality paper & the low cost (thruppence) of the magazine indicates that the magazine’s producers were aiming for a broad, budget-minded, primarily male  market, who liked their entertainment cheap, cheeky & cheerful.

It is not surprising then, that particularly in the 1950s, the Windmill with its showgirls, chorines & fan dancers, who all frequently posed for pin-ups & promotional images & who were nationally known & commonly associated with glamour, were a popular subject choice for many a Tit-Bit story. These stories were frequently about specific female performers or staff members of the Windmill & a quick read & comparison to press releases & promotional materials that can be found in the Windmill Collection in the V&A’s Theatre Archive, makes it apparent that these stories have most likely been written in direct cooperation with or simply by the Windmill’s promotional department.

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