|Home Notes 27 July 1951|
Home Notes, which was first published in 1894 by C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd., on every Friday contained, as the Writers and Artists Year Book 1949 stated:
“Love stories from 2000 to 4000 words in length. Well written serials from 40,000 to 60,000 words. Dramatic but not sensational. Articles of topical, love, and domestic interest, 500 to 1000 words. Original designs in knitting or crochet.[…] Illustration: Three-colour cover and centrespread. Story and article illustrations in colour, line or wash”.
Artists that appeared around the same time as Frank Bellamy were Fred Laurent, Ray Bailey, Peter Kay, Philip Townsend, and Leslie Caswell (with whom Mike Noble worked – who also worked on TV21 with Bellamy in the sixties).
|Home Notes (23rd Feb 1951)|
"Don't envy Louise", by Nancy Pearce p.15
"Louise pushed at him with her hands. 'Don't spoil our evening like this, Terry!'"
In total I have found Bellamy produced 5 pieces in black and white washes illustrating romance stories for Home Notes in 1951 with titles such as "Don't envy Louise", "Nicholas comes to dinner", and "Impatient heart". Little wonder then that “he hated those sort of girlie illustrations, static things which he hated drawing. It wasn’t his cup of tea at all, but he did them for the money. He wanted to draw something with a bit of guts to it.” (Nancy Bellamy from the interview with Alan Woollcombe, Speakeasy #100, 16 page insert, 1989 to accompany "The Unseen Frank Bellamy" exhibition).
|Home Notes (30th March 1951)"Nicholas comes to dinner" by Norah Smaridge, p.6 |
"Sylvia wanted him for what he could give her, but Patty, shyly and secretly, loved him with all her heart."
During this period he also is known to have entered some of his own (non-commercial) work in his local Merton and Morden Art and Crafts Exhibition (18th to 23rd June 1951) perhaps to get out of the rut he had gotten himself into. The good news was that he was soon to go freelance and by the end of that year International Artists, Ltd. (founded in 1933), wrote to Bellamy to confirm they would act as his agent.
|Home Notes (16th March 1951), p.7. "Something to remember" by Margaret Bathe|
"'It's not my fault', he said angrily, 'if you wanted luxury, you should have married some other man'."
I only own two of these magazines so have scanned photocopies to fill the gaps for your pleasure and delight!
|Home Notes (30th Nov 1951) "It happened on Sunday" by Constance Howard pp.12-13|
"'I can't go on any longer,' she said, 'it's too much to bear
Home Notes (27th July 1951), "Impatient heart" by Judith Blaney, p.15
"'Oh darling!', she whispered, ' I thought you would never come home'".
Now finally, I want to ask for your help...Those of you who do this sort of research, wading through tons of paper and trying to identify an artist's work with no more than a guess, will know what I mean.
This piece appears in Home Notes 6 July 1951 issue and as I was wading through the Home Notes magazines for this period (I would have looked both sides of 1951) I spotted this little advert in a page of adverts. The style of the banner and the cartoon style remind me so much of Bellamy's Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph work on the 1940s but how can we know if it is his work? I suppose we have to identify it and say....maybe! What do you think?
|Home Notes 1951 6 July p.36|
|Is this Bellamy?|
|"Romance illustration" supplied by Tim Barnes|