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

Modern Screen’s “Inside Story” for April 1956

As I flipped through a few magazine issues recently, I was looking for movie reviews rather than reading every feature, until something in Modern Screen‘s “Inside Story” Q&A column caught my eye. I’ve decided to share a few interesting bits from the April 1956 issue’s column for today’s vintage magazine post. First, the question that sparked this interest. C.L.D. of Akron, Ohio writes: “Does Van … Continue reading Modern Screen’s “Inside Story” for April 1956

“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

A Doppelganger for James Dean? (Movie World, July 1958)

Hollywood lost a magnificent talent when James Dean passed away on September 30, 1955. Having performed in just three starring film roles (two of which were released prior to his death) and already a major star, there’s no telling where Dean’s career may have gone, had he survived the car accident that killed him. It seems that ever since his passing, one question has loomed, … Continue reading A Doppelganger for James Dean? (Movie World, July 1958)

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

“My First Job”: How the stars of the ’50s got their starts (Motion Picture, June 1959)

The June 1959 edition of Motion Picture magazine included a feature detailing the tales of how eight big-time stars of the day got their first jobs. This issue of Motion Picture is one of the most recent additions to my vintage movie mag collection, so today I thought I’d share some snippets of this fun little article with you! From stocking grocery shelves to selling … Continue reading “My First Job”: How the stars of the ’50s got their starts (Motion Picture, June 1959)

Photoplay reviews the films of winter ’58/’59

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of vintage magazines. As every issue did, the January 1959 edition of Photoplay included reviews of the latest film releases. What would a movie mag be without its reviews, after all? “Get more out of life – go out to a movie,” Photoplay urges readers. “What’s on … Continue reading Photoplay reviews the films of winter ’58/’59

“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)

“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