Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated with old magazines and catalogs. I specifically remember poring through my mom’s Family Circle magazines and ripping out pages for collages for school. The pictures and the advertisements were always a fascination of mine, and I would constantly be looking at the magazines that my mom saved in the house (a lot of home decorating magazines from the ‘70s and old Consumer’s catalogs).
Eventually, I would start a collection of my own, and today I have titles spanning from the early 1900s to the early 1990s. Mainly, the collection is primarily women’s interest and teen publications, but I do have some great titles like Popular Science, Life, Rolling Stone, and Spin.
It’s become quite a thrilling hobby for me, and I just realized after settling into my new apartment and organizing the collection, that the content needs to be shared. It would be a disservice to keep all this to myself, as it really is a true snapshot of American history and popular culture.
With this in mind, I welcome you to check out the Periodically Vintage podcast, which is a spoken word program that highlights key articles from the collection. You'll also find old advertisements, articles featured, fashion editorials and other nuggets from the collection.
This is version 2.0 of the blog, as the first incarnation was over on Tumblr and while it's been quite successful (3,000+ followers), I'm just not sure it's the right platform for this, since while the visuals are great, I'd really love to dig into the content of the issues a bit more, which is why I've made the move.