Movie Magazines and the (Not So) Fine Art of Serialization

In the days before Hulu and YouTube and Netflix streaming and iPhone apps, waaaay back in a time where communication wasn’t instant and deferred gratification was still a cultural commodity—the movie magazine serial thrived. Think about it. Let’s say it’s 1940. A film comes out in the cinema, you pay your quarter, watched it,  went […]

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You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To: Donna Reed

It reads like a Nicholas Sparks novel, but without all the gooey schmaltz. A collection of over 300 wartime letters penned by GIs and addressed to actress Donna Reed during WWII’s darkest years have been released, after nearly 65 years of being hidden away in a shoebox in Reed’s Beverly Hills home. Written on impossibly […]

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You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To: Donna Reed

It reads like a Nicholas Sparks novel, but without all the gooey schmaltz. A collection of over 300 wartime letters penned by GIs and addressed to actress Donna Reed during WWII’s darkest years have been released, after nearly 65 years of being hidden away in a shoebox in Reed’s Beverly Hills home. Written on impossibly […]

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Jacket Copy: LA Times Book Blog

Who says that no one in LA reads? At least the fine folks at Jacket Copy do, the LA Times most excellent book blog. They recently posted a great review of Jeffery Vance’s Douglas Fairbanks biography , a delicious excerpt from T.C. Boyle’s The Women (Frank Lloyd Wright and the women who loved him) and […]

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New York Times, August 6 1938 – “Urging Old Age Security”

Fun and informative article from the New York Times, back on August 7, 1938 that takes a look at Hollywood’s proclivity for ignoring the 35-45 age group in movies, and asks how many actors will be has-beens by age 38? Claudette Colbert? Clark Gable? To quote, “Under the present system [the actor] is, relatively, a […]

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New York Times, August 6 1938 – "Urging Old Age Security"

Fun and informative article from the New York Times, back on August 7, 1938 that takes a look at Hollywood’s proclivity for ignoring the 35-45 age group in movies, and asks how many actors will be has-beens by age 38? Claudette Colbert? Clark Gable? To quote, “Under the present system [the actor] is, relatively, a […]

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Vintage Magazine: Modern Priscilla, 1923

Another magazine cover and advertisement plucked from my collection. The Modern Priscilla was a precursor to the Women’s Day magazines we know today: sewing patterns, recipes, cooking tips and trends fill the pages. These magazines don’t have the wit or flash of, say, the era’s Vogue and Cosmopolitans, but they are still fun to read. […]

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Life Magazine 1924 Cartoons – What Makes Actors So Darn Special?

I adore early 20th century magazine cartoons. They’re silly, yes, but ever so pointed and do they ever call a spade a gosh darn spade. Looking through my collecion of old magazines I came across this Life magazine from 1924 (back then it was more of a fiction & poetry journal instead rather than the […]

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In The Year 2029

With everyone looking back at the year that was, I thought it would be fun to delve a bit into the past to see what our expectations were of where we are today. Before Cosmo was the modern girl’s bible, it was something of a literary journal published by WR Hearst. As an ardent collector […]

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