Readers, as you know, I adore vintage magazines, especially women's fashion and home magazines of the 1950's.
I love the content -- the recipes, the romantic short stories, the fashion and decorating tips, the laughably pre-feminist advice columns -- and I'm crazy about the visual aesthetic: the happy-go-lucky fonts, the cheerful cartoon illustrations, the colorful layouts, everything new and exciting and worthy of exclamation points (from instant coffee to cigarettes).
Please join me this summer Saturday and step back into two issues of Family Circle magazine from 1956 and 1958 that I picked up today at the Chelsea flea market. Some of this stuff will be familiar to you and many of the products (Jell-O, Spam, Listerine) are still with us. But we've lost enthusiasm for this kind of idealized suburban-dream living, complete with Spam casseroles, wood-paneled ranch houses, and candy-colored kitchens.
It's not entirely gone for sure, but the excitement ain't what it used to be.
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Enjoy and have a great day, everybody!
(Anybody grow up in this world?)