Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Memories of 60's & 70's J is for Jackie and a Jubbly
It wasn't a comic it was a proper magazine with glossy paper.
This is where we found out the latest in fashion, beauty and gossip about our favourite pop stars. There was a problem page called Cathy and Claire, where you read everyone problems and discovered they're were lots of girls with broken hearts looking for answers.
Stories were told with still photos with speech bubbles coming from their mouths. There were full page photos of pop stars, film stars, and TV stars. Each week there would be a special centre page double photo, sometimes it would come in three parts to give you a large poster which meant it would take three weeks to finally have your poster.
The Jackie was published from 1964 until 1995 and was published in Dundee, Scotland but the address to write to was given as in London to make the magazine look cool. London office then posted all the letters to Dundee to be dealt with.
Dame Jacqueline Wilson the children's author was a journalist with the magazine. She was just seventeen at the time and started by sending articles to the publishers for a new teenage magazine that hadn't yet been published, they liked her work and she was given the job.One day the bosses told her the new magazine was to be named after her. She said she doesn't really know if they were being truthful as the name Jackie was very popular because of Jackie Kennedy who had become a style icon. According to Wikipedia this is an urban myth but my information came from an interview given by Dame Jacqueline to The Guardian newspaper in 2009. Unless, of course, you know different.
At same time as buying my magazine I would often buy a Jubbly which was an orange drink in a triangular carton which had been frozen.It cost 4 old pennies which in todays money is about 2p. It lasted much longer then ice lollies and if you threw it against a wall or bashed it with something you then had lovely crushed ice to slurp through a straw which children today call a Slush Puppy.