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

Delicious Dishes (Short, 1950) and the Midcentury Kitchen

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, where I share excerpts from my vintage publication collection. While browsing TCM’s streaming service in May, I came across a short film called Delicious Dishes from 1950. This short has a food “expert,” chef Arnold Morris, demonstrating how to use newfangled tools such as the… Read More Delicious Dishes (Short, 1950) and the Midcentury Kitchen

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.… Read More The Hollywood Hercules, Nat Pendleton (Physical Culture, May 1940)

Hollywood’s 14 Most Exciting Females (Screen Album, Nov. 1954 – Jan. 1955)

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, where I share tidbits from my vintage magazine/book collection. “Hollywood found a word for it. The word was glamor. What’s the difference, you say, between glamor and beauty? Well, beauty, as the poet tells us, is truth — and Hollywood obviously was not searching for… Read More Hollywood’s 14 Most Exciting Females (Screen Album, Nov. 1954 – Jan. 1955)

Modern Screen reviews the releases of Fall/Winter 1949

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my vintage magazine collection. The December 1949 issue of Modern Screen, like all issues of Modern Screen, contains reviews of all of the hot new releases of that month, as well as shorter reviews of recent-but-not-quite-new films that were… Read More Modern Screen reviews the releases of Fall/Winter 1949

Solving problems with Claudette Colbert in ‘Photoplay’ (Part II)

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of vintage publications. The June 1944 issue of Photoplay in my collection has a feature aptly titled “What should I do?,” which is your typical advice column… aside from the fact that it’s written by none other… Read More Solving problems with Claudette Colbert in ‘Photoplay’ (Part II)