Collector’s Corner: Movie morsels from The New Yorker, October 16, 1943

One of the more recent additions to my magazine collection was a 1943 issue of The New Yorker — the October 16, 1943 edition, to be precise. This was my first time buying a vintage New Yorker, so I wasn’t sure whether I’d find much movie-related content inside. There wasn’t much, but I did find a few little morsels. Like most popular mags, The New … Continue reading Collector’s Corner: Movie morsels from The New Yorker, October 16, 1943

Kim Novak covers Redbook, January 1957

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my vintage magazine collection. Today, a look at the January 1957 issue of Redbook, which featured a cover story profiling Kim Novak. By 1957, Kim Novak had appeared on screen in eight films and was earning a salary of $1000 per week — not too shabby, considering her career … Continue reading Kim Novak covers Redbook, January 1957

The best of True Story’s January 1954 “Village Pump”

“The Village Pump” was (or may still be, since the mag is — surprisingly — still in print!) True Story’s monthly feature which allowed readers to write in feedback on the magazine, or just write in short little stories they’d like to share from their own lives. Here are (in my opinion) the best stories from “The Village Pump” in the January 1954 issue! Pretty … Continue reading The best of True Story’s January 1954 “Village Pump”

10 Things Learned from Jan Sterling’s 1952 Modern Screen Column

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, where I share excerpts from my vintage magazine collection. The May 1952 issue of Modern Screen launched a new series for the magazine titled “Take My Word For It.” Each month, the magazine was to choose a “star columnist” for this section, allowing that star to write about anything that came to mind: opinions on … Continue reading 10 Things Learned from Jan Sterling’s 1952 Modern Screen Column

Modern Screen’s Top 20 Stars of 1953

This post was written for TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of vintage publications. The February 1954 issue of Modern Screen included “Top 10” lists, featuring the ten most popular actors and actresses of the previous year. This list was fan-voted and a recurring feature of the magazine, published annually. These were the results (and I’ve added the names … Continue reading Modern Screen’s Top 20 Stars of 1953

“Exposing the ‘Abortion Medicine’ Racket” (Physical Culture, May 1940)

“We are not concerned here with a problem of morals. It is not our real concern to establish why women feel that they are unable to face the admittedly large task of motherhood. Whatever the reasons may be, economic, or for reasons of fear or shame, the medicine is sold. Unlike most rackets, this most ugly of all does not serve any need. It is … Continue reading “Exposing the ‘Abortion Medicine’ Racket” (Physical Culture, May 1940)

Is a pretty face the key to successful living? Physical Culture investigates (May 1940)

This post is a part of the Historical Context series, where I share excerpts from my vintage magazine collection. One common misconception about American society is that we’ve become more and more obsessed with physical attractiveness and beauty as time as gone on. How many times have you seen someone post one of those graphics (usually using a photo of Marilyn Monroe) that paints a … Continue reading Is a pretty face the key to successful living? Physical Culture investigates (May 1940)

The Hollywood Hercules, Nat Pendleton (Physical Culture, May 1940)

Note: This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of vintage magazines. In the May 1940 issue of Physical Culture, publisher Bernarr Macfadden interviews “The ‘Dumb-bell’ of the Movies,” wrestler Nat Pendleton. Though largely forgotten by modern audiences, Nat Pendleton was once an American hero. A champion chess player, descendent of Francis Scott Key, Olympic … Continue reading The Hollywood Hercules, Nat Pendleton (Physical Culture, May 1940)

“Storm Over Hollywood”: A profile of Gale Storm from Modern Screen, February 1954

Today, Gale Storm is a little-known talent of midcentury Hollywood. But in 1954, her career was booming, with Modern Screen calling her “the hottest star since the California fire.” The magazine’s February 1954 issue offers a profile of Gale. Home life and personality In some ways, this article is very much a product of its time. Storm’s life as a wife and mother is highlighted … Continue reading “Storm Over Hollywood”: A profile of Gale Storm from Modern Screen, February 1954

“How to Behave in a Restaurant” (True Story, January 1954)

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of vintage magazines and books. From True Story’s “Family Feature” section comes the January 1954 etiquette column, “How to Behave in a Restaurant.” Here are the mag’s tips to keep in mind next time you decide to go on a time-traveling 1950s restaurant date! Ladies, your date … Continue reading “How to Behave in a Restaurant” (True Story, January 1954)