Sunday, January 16, 2011

Vintage Seventeen Magazines

   Many years ago my sister and I were helping my dad with renovations on a rather old farm house. I remember the owner of the house was extremely nice. So much so that he even let my sister, Elizabeth, pick out the new paint colours for the interior. May I say she did a fantastic job considering we were just 17 years old then. Anyways one day while we were outside with Dad the owner came out with a stack of old magazines he found and wasn't to interested in keeping so asked if we would like them. To our delight they were vintage Seventeen magazines ranging from the late 1950's to early 1960's. Of course we took them they were fricken cool!

I have three of them with me. Elizabeth has all the other ones back home.

   We've had them for awhile now but every now and again it's great just to pick one up and flipped through the pages. Though these magazines are only 40 to 45 years old the content inside seem unrecognizable to modern Seventeen articles. Unlike today's magazines geared for teens these pages are filled with ideas regarding settling down, picking out matching silver wear, how to plan a perfect party, etiquettes, and even engagement rings. There were still fashion articles, how to get a boy's attention and ways to style your hair in the most stylish way but yet you can still see the drastic changes for teen's goals then and now.

   They even have articles on moral issues like this one about jealousy and how to be thankful for what you do have. 

   I hope we can keep them in good enough shape so that one day we can pass them down to our own daughters. As sad as it is I truly don't look forward to seeing what attitudes our society will be portraying come 10 or 20 years from now. I'm sure it may be quite the contrast to the 1960's.

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