Adele Collins in Lilliput magazine

I was writing about Raymond Sheppard’s work in a copy of Lilliput 1956, July to be precise, and discovered a bit about this lady and felt someone might be searching for information about her so I’m sharing what I have.

Lilliput July 1956

Lilliput July 1956

The Lilliput magazine contents page always credited the artists who drew the covers but from November 1955 the publisher used a photograph (with a few ‘designer’ covers in the later Fifties) and often the photographer (and subject) are not credited. However in this issue there is a feature about “The daring young lady on the firmly attached flying trapeze”.  Below is a small resolution scan of the double page article


The lady in question is Adele Collins (not the modern singer!) who appeared in Vogue and other fashion magazines and whose famous portrait by Norman Parkinson appeared in the National Portrait Gallery. She is featured again in a later Lilliput that someone has already scanned.

Here are two full page scans of the feature. Enjoy yourselves!

Lilliput July 1956 p.40

Lilliput July 1956 p.40

Lilliput July 1956 p.41

Lilliput July 1956 p.41

Rowland Hilder

I love Rowland Hilder’s naturalism – paintings of the countryside. His watercolours show a light touch and a person who knows the English light in all seasons.I realised who he was from the style of his art

But this was new to me. Hilder as an architectural artist? This appeared in Lilliput February 1951 and I liked the clearly delineated Art Deco building. Imagine my surprise to find it still exist – but only just!

Lilliput 1951 February p12

Lilliput 1951 February p12 Rowland Hilder


I managed to capture the building – which looks run down – from Google Streetview


Royal Arsenal's Co-operative Society building, Powis Street


and then it occured to me to look further….

Francis Frith have an old shot of the building, the ‘True Londoner’ has scanned an old postcard and thanks to JinnytheSquinny we have a wiki photo showing how run down it is and thanks to urban adventurers we have some of the decaying inside captured!

How sad that it’s been left to decay so badly, and will soon be knocked down if Greenwich Council gets its way. Mind you it would take loads to re-develop!

Secret London tells us: This Art Deco extension was opened in 1938, designed by the company architect SW Ackeroyd. The metal Crittall windows are a notable Art Deco feature – the firm did windows on the Titanic. Sadly, by the mid-1980s, RACS had over-extended itself and had to sell out to the Co-operative Movement. 136-152 Powis Street SE18