“Robert Taylor Tells His Greatest Love Story”: True Story, May 1937

True Story is one of my favorite old mags to collect. While the truth of the stories is, in reality, questionable, these issues are a lot of fun to read, full of wild tales, interesting vintage ads and even some classic Hollywood features. A recent addition to the TMP vintage magazine archive is the May 1937 issue of True Story, which includes a story titled … Continue reading “Robert Taylor Tells His Greatest Love Story”: True Story, May 1937

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”

True Story 1954 Cover Girl: Myrna Hansen

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, where I share excerpts from my collection of vintage publications. Myrna Hansen, by all accounts a regular Chicago girl, had a huge year in 1953. After graduating from Carl Schurz High School in June of that year, Myrna was chosen as the Chicago Press Photographers Association’s Miss Photoflash. After winning this title, Myrna went on … Continue reading True Story 1954 Cover Girl: Myrna Hansen

“Can a ‘Shotgun’ Marriage Work?” (True Story, January 1954)

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, where I share excerpts from my collection of vintage publications. True Story mags are always full of “scandalous” topics, and the January 1954 issue is no exception. “Can a ‘Shotgun’ Marriage Work?” appears in the “family service section” of the magazine, which aims to tell stories “of vital interest to all women” dealing with personal … Continue reading “Can a ‘Shotgun’ Marriage Work?” (True Story, January 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)

Vintage publications: About my collection

I never considered myself a collector of anything until the day that I bought my first old magazine. Even my DVD collection was small at the time, since I mostly borrowed from the family pool and didn’t yet have the funds to start building up what has now become a mound of movies that I could probably build a solid fortress out of. It was … Continue reading Vintage publications: About my collection

Historical Context: Love according to True Story, 1955 (Part I: Married Love)

The year 1955 was a great one for love in the movies. Cary Grant romanced Grace Kelly in Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief. Guys and Dolls followed, well, guys and dolls falling in love with each other (amongst show tunes and careers in professional gambling). Tom Ewell imagined that Marilyn Monroe was swooning over his charms in The Seven Year Itch. Even the top film … Continue reading Historical Context: Love according to True Story, 1955 (Part I: Married Love)