I have always loved the 1940s/50s outfits pictured in my mum's copy of the Ladybird book, The Inquisitive Harvest Mouse.
The copy she has is falling apart, but the illustrations still look so fresh and bright.
I'm sure I've always loved dotty dresses because of the red polka dot one featured in the book's pages!
To me, these pictures capture a real 1950s childhood; all summer days and innocence.
The inside of the book says that the illustrations are by P.B. Hickling, the story by Noel Barr. Sixth edition 1952.
Secondhand copies of the book can still be found on Abe Books.
Thank you P.B. Hickling, for creating such a 1950s idyll!