The Christian Herald ran from 1878 to 2006. Originally inspired by a British Christian newsletter of the same name, the magazine was at one point the highest circulating religious magazine in America. Along with news of the Evangelical Christian ministries across the globe, the magazine featured original fiction and poetry, homemaking and child rearing interest articles, as well as international Christian-Muslim relations. A platform for appeals to international and domestic charitable causes, the magazine made a name for itself in the interest of charity through summer camps for disadvantaged inner city children. My personal impression of this magazine is that it seems written for the archetypal midcentury progressive Christian, like the image of the kindly granny who spends all her free time knitting socks for babies born to unwed mothers, as someone reads articles from this magazine to her to pass the time. For a good history of The Christian Herald and its lasting impact through Christian summer camps, click here.
Hey friends, I’ll be back with Sassy in a week! In the meantime, check out Zoot Koomie’s excellent scans of Soviet Russia Today from 1935! It features some amazing art, classic 1930s art deco graphic design, crazy propaganda, wacky political cartoons, fanatical hatred of William … Continue reading Let’s Do Something Else Because Old Magazines Is On Vacation!
If you missed my update last week, I decided for ethical reasons not to do Outdoor Life because after looking through it the magazine was more like Outdoor Murder. It’s been a rough enough couple of weeks without my having to write … Continue reading Let’s Read Life Magazine, January 4, 1937!
Let’s put some generations in perspective this week. This issue of Harper’s is all about the youth – a veritable album of youth! Covering parenting, babies, young children, and college-aged women (weirdly, teenagers are almost entirely skipped over – Elvis … Continue reading Let’s Read Harper’s Bazaar, August 1936!
College Humor Magazine was targeted mostly at young adult men and ran from 1920 to 1943. It has no relation to the current website College Humor. Interestingly, the magazine relied on contributions from college newspaper editors across America for content … Continue reading Let’s Read College Humor, January 1938
Our magazine this week is Esquire, December 1934. Esquire was, and still is, a gentleman’s magazine for the classiest of gentlemen. Whereas Playboy sought to teach the working Joe or dweeby college freshman how to project the image of a worldly sophisticate, Esquire‘s readership needed little … Continue reading Let’s Read Esquire, December 1934!