Monday, August 31, 2009

Vintage Eye Candy - Part one

Here's something you probably don't know about me: I (or I used to) collect vintage magazines from the 40's-60's. Most are movie magazines as I am a huge classic film buff (if you couldn't already tell from my VERTIGO post, previous) but I have some classic Vogues and Life magazine's thrown in the mix as well.

The other day I was going through one of my storage boxes and came across a stack of them. Starting with the oldest one and working my way up, here is a sneak peek inside the mag.

Please excuse the crappy scanning :P - and click on pics for better details and to read the articles!

Photoplay 1943

I wish modern magazines had an Ask Bette Davis column...I love hands-on the celebs were back then with regards to the public (though some of these questions are mighty personal and severe!)

I wish wearing aprons with matching turbans were all the rage right now too - apparently it's the way to get "sex" into your clothes, uh huh.

I love the three career choices women had in the 40's...personally I would totally be in the WAC, Rosie the Riveter style. Though designing hats would be fun...

Men never approach me either...Maybe I DO stink!

Or maybe I just don't use the right toothpaste. ..plain girl!

I adore Veronica Lake, so this article was a real treat for me. I had no idea she was that tiny, such a shame the way her life went in the end though - the article states she is a good bookkeeper but she ended up going bankrupt, the IRS seized her assets, she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly as she wandered from cheap hotel to cheap hotel and eventually got a job as a waitress in a bar. She died -alone - of complications of her alcoholism. Very sad.

BTW if you haven't seen Sullivan's Travels, go see it NOW!


The Budget Babe said...

one of my favorite things to do growing up was to flip through my mom's old issues of vogue. it's amazing how ground-breaking things were back when, nothing is really "new" ya know? and now i collect W mags for my someday daughter...hehee

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous post, darling!
I love these vintage pics!


Memphis Steve said...

Men don't approach you because they're intimidated as hell, gorgeous! And I love Veronica Lake, too. She was really cool.

I love this post. I never knew you were into this.

Underfunded Heiress said...

These are so cool....and pretty funny.

I received the green and white dress today. Thank you!!! I love it. Can't wait to show it off on my blog :) Thank you for the bracelets too!

Kristin said...

Why I not think of sex when I think of turbans? Ah ha. Aprons are another story.

Anonymous said...

WOW that's awesome. Wayyyy better than collecting base ball cards.


Erica said...

Oh my gosh! I would love to read through those magazines! I collect antique keys. I try to incorporate them into jewelry.

I also LOVE records. Going to the store and buying a CD doesn't feel as...substantial somehow, as holding a record.

Very, very cool!
I updated my blog, haha, after months of not. Oh well.

Very cool thing to collect. And those photos are before we had photoshop!

Anonymous said...

I will now start all of my letters with "Dear Madam,"

OceanDreams said...

How fun to scan all of these vintage articles and ads, brings me back to the past!

Eyeliah said...

Great scans, so much eye candy indeed! Veronica Lake is amazing, she has THE BEST hair!