September 28, 2013

Vintage Reading

As I've said, I  books, especially vintage books. If you're thrifting with me and can't find me, check the book section. Yep, there I am, thumbing through every. single. book.

These are so fun. This set of 11 magazines are from 1965 and 1966. Calling All Girls, an early version of Young Miss magazine, got its start in July 1941 and was designed exclusively for "girls and subdebs," with an average age of 13. It was initially a quarterly magazine but quickly became a monthly due to high circulation and reader response.

Filled with stories and comics:

Fashion and beauty features:

Tips and Ideas:

I'll be listing these on Etsy soon. I like to read, or at the very least browse through, most of the vintage books I find. I just love reading about life in days gone by.

The Betty Crocker cookbooks are great examples of illustrating life generations ago - in words, photos, and illustrations. I love to read the sections on mean planning, party planning, decorating, table setting, etc. 

The illustrations in the Betty Crocker cookbooks of the 50s, 60s, and 70s are so indicative of their time.

Same with this Good Housekeeping Party Book. Such fun retro illustrations and descriptions of how to throw a party. I think I will hold on to this book for a bit. Got some reading (browsing) to do.

I've sold this little booklet already, but it's so cute I had to share it. The pages inside were of a soft pink linen and it described the very lost art of letter writing.

Again, the illustrations are just so enjoyable.

I'm off to do some reading!


  1. I’m with you: I love looking through old publications to read about a simpler time. (Though I may be idealizing those days!)
    One of my grandmothers was an entrepreneur of sorts, and I have several of her early 1950s copies of “Profitable Hobbies” magazine. So much fun.
    And thanks for taking and posting so many photos of the vintage illustrations. It’s fun to write letters!

  2. Hi, Melissa :) I feel the same way about it. There's just a warmth and quirkiness to everything from that era. I just picked up a freezer bag full of Valentines cards from the late 30's to early 50's for $10 and I can't stop taking them out to look at the all. I always buy any old sewing books, cookbooks, children's books, etc. I love that you've shared so much of the inner pages here :)

  3. I adore vintage books, too. The illustrations are always so inspiring!