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Vintage Trudy: the story of Twinkle Troughton’s Nanna
Vintage Trudy: the story of Twinkle Troughton’s Nanna

Over here at MIEN Magazine, we adore the written word. Of course, here we are communicating with you via the internet cannon…but nothing replaces a lovely card received in the post.

You can only imagine our delight when the divine Twinkle Troughton sent us a sample of her Nanna Trudy’s work. You see, Twinkle just found some of the works from the early 50s tucked away in her family home, and is now reviving the work with a new collection of cards and home goodies. These will surely appeal to all illustration and stationery enthusiasts - we can’t wait to get our hands on these cards (and send one to all of our friends!).

Here is Vintage Trudy’s story and a sprinkling of her work:

Born in Amsterdam, Trudy’s childhood fell apart when in World War 2; her father joined the resistance movement and the family had to live under assumed names, in hiding, often eating no more than tulip bulbs.

At the age of 19, Trudy came to study nursing in Rugby, England and within months met the man she soon married. No guests at the wedding, just two witnesses, no honeymoon, but a trip to London Zoo. Pale, beautiful, thin, afraid of the sound of planes, in a foreign country, slowly Trudy saw a life that held promise and joy. Her pictures, all originals, drawn in 1951-52, reflect the life she so wanted to live.

Years later after Trudy passed away, these drawings by a much loved Nanna resurfaced. The family felt the drawings were too beautiful to be hidden away in an old sketchbook. In honour of Trudy and her dreams, and for thousands of women like her in those post war years, these drawings have been given new life. The drawings are not nostalgic reflections of an era gone by, but were created at he time and are as authentic and original as any vintage artefact you might find.

Vintage Trudy includes greeting cards and gift tags, aprons and cushion covers. The range will be expanding with new lines added as the venture grows. Vintage Trudy merchandise will be available online at

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