Vanity Fair’s website has a nifty little feature that I think all you Pictorial readers might get a kick out of. Vintage Vanity Fair allows you to flip through (virtually speaking) a vintage issue of the magazine. The full January 1935 issue is up on their website and a heck of a lot of fun to peruse. Vanity Fair’s renowned humor and satire is in top form, as its illustrations, which in this issue, feature Mexican artist Jose Covarribuias.
There is a fascinating piece about the matter of the Saarland—a tiny region sandwiched between Germany and France which had been occupied by the Allies since the Treaty of Versailles—it’s 15 year mandate was expiring the month of the issue’s publication and its political future was of hot debate. Hollywood’s Golden Age is beautifully documented too, with an iconic Jean Harlow shot by George Hurrell and a particularly intriguing photo of Katharine Hepburn labeled “Box Office Riot.” One year before another publication starting with a “V” dubbed her Box Office Poison.
Have a look for yourself. I’ve included some of the spreads below.