Daphne Buckmaster

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Daphne Buckmaster (1950s). Courtesy of Rob Hansen.

Daphne Buckmaster (formerly Bradley), a UK fan active in the 1950s and ’60s, began attending SF conventions in the 1940s. She was reportedly “the only unattached woman” at Whitcon in 1948. She was a member of the Woolwich Science Fiction and Vargo Statten Appreciation Society in 1954 and of BSFA. She was a member (and OE) of OMPA and belonged to SAPS.

She began publishing her fanzine Espirit in 1954: at first it was intended only for circulation in the Offtrails Magazine Publishers Association (OMPA), but with the 13th issue in 1960 she decided to make it generally available. In 1960, she released the fanzine Hobo, and also began publishing Random, of which three issues appeared, the first in 1960 and the second and third in 1961. She contributed art to other fanzines.

She married Ron Buckmaster. Originally from London, England, she later lived in Scotland.

In Distaff 1 (September 1958, p. 2), Ethel Lindsay described her:

Daphne Buckmaster is the only femme fan I meet, who can draw, She produced the cover, invented the new name [of Femizine, now Distaff], and helped out with illos. When I first met her at the Manchester Con I had great difficulty believing that she was really married, she looked about 14 years old, she still looks very young and ingenious. 

Fanzines and Apazines:

Cover of Distaff 1. Art by Daphne Buckmaster.

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