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

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

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 cheese grater and a potato slicer and sharing recipes that … Continue reading 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. A champion chess player, descendent of Francis Scott Key, Olympic … Continue reading The Hollywood Hercules, Nat Pendleton (Physical Culture, May 1940)

What to Watch #45: Special Valentine’s Day Edition

Hello everyone! I know What to Watch usually focuses on TCM’s programming, but this week I’m going to do something a little bit different. In honor of the impending hallmark holiday, I’ve whipped up a list video: 10 things you may want to watch for Valentine’s Day. Also, as a bonus, here are a couple of quizzes that Netflix sent on their DVD envelopes, so … Continue reading What to Watch #45: Special Valentine’s Day Edition

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 the truth when it discovered the uses of make-up men … Continue reading 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 still showing in theaters. Christopher Kane shares his thoughts on … Continue reading Modern Screen reviews the releases of Fall/Winter 1949

News you can use from the June 1916 issue of Photoplay!

A note from Lindsey: I apologize for the crappy quality of the photos in this post. The issue of Photoplay is too fragile to scan. I also apologize, once again, for the obnoxious watermarks. I don’t prefer to punish all for the mistakes of few, but I’ve seen my scans/photos stolen before and feel the need to protect them! This post is a part of … Continue reading News you can use from the June 1916 issue of Photoplay!

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 than Claudette Colbert! This was a monthly feature in Photoplay, … Continue reading Solving problems with Claudette Colbert in ‘Photoplay’ (Part II)