So much style! Pénéla N°10 and 11, 1968.

Style. Pénéla N°10.

Pénéla No 10. La Tempête de Neige by Pouchkine. Illustrated by Jacques Taillefer.

Pénéla No 10. La Tempête de Neige by Pouchkine. Illustrated by Jacques Taillefer.

Pénéla was a monthly women’s lifestyle magazine published in France throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The magazine was presented in a library format and was dedicated to fashion, style, beauty, home and garden decor, cooking and the arts. Alongside the many wonderful photos found inside a typical issue, Pénéla featured artist illustrations to accompany famous poems, quotes and short stories.

Pénéla No11. Illustration by Coline.

Pénéla No11. Illustration by Coline.

Let’s have a drink. Pénéla No11. Illustration by Christiane Neuville.


Now that’s what I call a library! The below photographs are selected from issue N°10 of Pénéla which devoted a good chunk of its pages that month to library decor (les bibliothéques), featuring design options for bookworms with big rooms and a bit of money to splash about. A feature like that nowadays might well be called “library-chic”. Oh for that cylinder-shaped library unit in pic N°2! Oh well, will have to make do with my Ikea Billys and random mismatched shelving options for now.

Pénéla No 10. Les Bibliothèques.


Beauty and health. Pénéla No 10.

Pénéla No11. Ronsard. Illustration by B. Chartres.

Beauty and health. Pénéla No 10.

Pénéla No 10. Korean folklore. Illustration by B. Chartres.

Pénéla No11. Ray Bradbury short story. Illustrated by Bonnedon.

Fashion. Pénéla No11.


And lastly… three print adverts:


As always, thanks for looking!

4 thoughts on “So much style! Pénéla N°10 and 11, 1968.

    • 😂😂 Oh my good fucking good gracious God on a 750cc Kawasaki motorcyle with leather kneepads and mofo 90s neon rave glowsticks!!!
      You won’t believe this, mate, but I had a post all lined up about vintage lettuce – ready to publish this Saturday in lieu of the France VS England football match taking place in progressive Qatar. Suffice to say, WordPress has now “mind-changed” my planned lettuce post into posting about broccoli instead! How did they do that?!?

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