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March 21, 2007

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mario mandingo

Mrs. P,

I totally understand what you mean about Gourmet magazine. The same goes for every other magazine that was out there in the 40s and 50s. This also happened in TV. I think the 1960s - the late 60s, after the "Summer of Love" (1967?) and the "Me" decade of the 70s had a lot to do with the decline of basically everything, and it's been downhill ever since. I blame massive communist infiltration working hard since the 30s to nibble away bit by bit finally having sucess in the 1960s. When I say "everything" I mean, everything, not just magazines! Even Playboy in the 50s and 60s was kind of quaint! Another thing is design or decoration magazines of years past. They were nice, decent, and a pleasure to look at. They exemplified the "home" and family. NOT SO NOW. Have you ever looked at a current issue of Metropolitian Home, or the others? In the past they showcased hoses belonging to families, now they have full color spreads exhibiting the dwellings of domestic partnerships. I wonder if Town and Country is featuring same gender weddings like the New York Times is?

Old Dominion Tory

The advertising in magazines of the era is often as interesting as the articles because of the attention that was paid to the copywriting. GM really wanted to you to think about a Cadillac and Ford wanted to sell you on a Lincoln.
Another thing is that when you consider the age at which people were married in the '50s and early '60s (early 20s), these magazines were about being an adult. Being taken seriously as an adult--a serious, responsible adult--was the aspiration of the younger female and male readers of those magazines.

Mrs. Peperium

You both nailed it. Though Mandingo, I'm not assenting to this little gem of writing:

"Even Playboy in the 50s and 60s was kind of quaint! Another thing is design or decoration magazines of years past. They were nice, decent, and a pleasure to look at."

Perhaps we'll let your Wing Commander of the RCBfA field that critique of quaint... Or better yet, the RCBfA chaplain...

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