The Bridal Magazine

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Today, Dr Kate is talking about some promotional wedding magazines published by three prominent Perth photographic studios in the 1930s and ‘40s.

The State Library holds a set of 30 magazines produced intermittently between 1932 and 1949 by Dease, Lafayette, and Bartletto photographic studios.

The magazines were aimed at Western Australian women who were engaged or recently married. Typically, content included things such as: lists of engagements (and later studio portraits of recently engaged women), short wedding write ups, studio photographs of local brides in wedding attire, and feature pieces relating to marriage and domesticity. There was also copious advertising targeted at women related to wedding services and suppliers, beauty, household goods, and fashion.

The magazines are fully searchable, and are a rich source of information for anyone researching their family history. Links to specific years are provided below:

The Bridal Magazine, vol. 7, 1938 (front cover) 

Last updated on: 23 June 2020