If you look through a number of different rubber and rainwear enthusiast magazines published back in the 1960’s and 1970’s in the UK, you’ll notice that there are quite a few pictures of young women dressed in rubber mackintoshes photographed down by (and sometimes on or in) a river.
This body of water is in fact the River Thames, which for many years was used as a convenient backdrop for numerous rainwear photo sessions.
There are several reasons why photographers liked to use the river as an outside location, but perhaps the primary reason was that the publishers’ offices were nearby.
This made it easier for a freelance photographer to meet up with the model or models being photographed and most important pick-up all required wardrobe items which always included a selection of rubber mackintoshes.
Kingston upon Thames, Molesey, Richmond upon Thames and Tolworth were all towns along the river where a number of enthusiast publications had their offices. Each independently covering the rubber and rainwear scene in their own unique way.
While none of these publications are around today, the personal recollections and above all fascinating stories of those involved in many cases still are.
If you’re a fan of these bygone era magazines, The Delectable Rainwear Story will take you down memory lane to the banks of the River Thames back in the early 1970’s, a time when photographer Mike Epwell, worked hard to produce a rainwear enthusiast magazine which almost always met or exceeded the expectations of its readership.
The Delectable Rainwear Story is available this summer in weekly installments at: www.kristinesjournal.com.