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‘Teen, 1967

In 1967 I turned twelve, and though I was not quite a teen, this was my magazine of choice.   Though ‘Teen included features on fashion, it was a lot more than a fashion magazine, with features on the cutest boy celebrities, beauty, relationships – all the things I was beginning to be interested in.

What made ‘Teen so great was that it did not seem like it originated from adults.  There were lots of user-generated features including lots of letters about what readers did and did not like, and there were columns that were seemingly written by actual teens.  By comparison, Seventeen seemed very slick and professional.

And in case you were not a boy-crazy nut like me in 1967, the David in the April issue is David McCallum, of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the Peter in the June issue is Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits.


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Getting My Fifteen Minutes

Back in March I was contacted by Stephanie, a writer at Treasures magazine, to see if I would tell a little about my swimsuit collection.  Since I’m always up for a good swimsuit discussion, I couldn’t say no.  So I sent some photos and answered some questions and then, well, I forgot about it.

And then yesterday I got some copies of the June issue of Treasures in the mail and I was just floored by the beautiful job the magazine staff did.

Here is a preview of the article.  It will be on the website soon, where you can now see a preview of the May issue.

As a lover of old stuff, I’m really enjoying reading the entire magazine.  This issue has articles on wedding cake toppers, honey pots, samplers and glassware.  There are also several question and answer columns and information about upcoming antique shows.

My thanks to Stephanie Finnegan and the staff of Treasures.  All photographed material copyright, Pioneer Communications.


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Take the Bad with the Good

Have you ever been really excited about something that was going to happen, and then when the day came it just did not live up to expectations?

A couple of months ago I was contacted by Selvedge magazine because they wanted to use the information I’d gathered about the Picasso for White Stag line, and they wanted to use one of my illustrations.  I’m a big fan of the magazine, and I’ve written about it in the past, so I was as pleased as can be that they wanted to use my work, so I readily agreed.  I knew there was to be no compensation and I was okay with that.  Just having my name and web address in the magazine was enough for me.

Over the weekend I got an image file from the magazine for me to post on my website.  The Picasso for White Stag article is in the section headed “Need to Know”.

Now I do realize that I’ve written six blog posts on this special line, and that in one short column there was no way to tell the entire story.  I’m actually fine with what was written about the history behind the line.  What bothers me is how the first paragraph makes it sound like Walmart was somehow involved in this project.  While it is true that in 2012, White Stag is sold through Walmart, it was not true in 1963 when this project happened.  Am I wrong in reading it that way?

I’m also bugged about the credit line at the bottom of the article.  Walmart had nothing at all to do with the information in this article, and if you do a search for White Stag on the Walmart.com site, all you get is a listing of the clothing that is made for Walmart under that brand name.  Maybe they felt that a mention of the Walmart site was in order because Walmart owns the White Stag name.

I suppose that in the end I don’t have a lot to complain about, as they did not have to give me any credit at all.  The information they used all came from a 1963 New York Herald Tribune column by Eugenia Sheppard which I mentioned, but that is readily available on the web.  And the illustration was not from my site; it is the work on which the White Stag design was based.

So there it is.  The Vintage Traveler is mentioned in my favorite magazine and that’s a good thing.

All illustrations copyright and courtesy of Selvedge


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Currently Reading: HerStoria Magazine

I discovered this great magazine of women’s history, HerStoria, two years ago when they contacted me about using some of my images with an article they were running on the history of women’s golf and how it was affected by the clothing women wore to play the game.  Needless to say, this was right down my alley.  They even did a feature about my website.

After two years of meaning to subscribe, I finally treated myself for my birthday last month and did it, and I also ordered all the back issues.  Now I have a classic case of “Why did I not do this sooner?” because I now have enough reading material to keep me happy for months.

And that is what separates this magazine (and other independently published ones) from mainstream magazines.  I can pick up an issue of Bazaar, or Lucky or Southern Living and I’m finished with it in about an hour. HerStoria has to be read and savored.  Not all the articles are about fashion, but many of them are, or have fashion history elements inherent in the story.  It’s a fun, thought-provoking read.

I really have grown to love small, independently published magazines.  Besides Herstoria my favorites are Worn Fashion Journal and Selvedge. I also like FiberArts and Piecework, which are both published by Interweave, but not enough to subscribe to either.  There are times when I think they should combine the two into one really great magazine.

Here is a small taste of the types of things found in Herstoria.


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Currently Viewing: The September Issue

During Fashion Weeks I got so used to the daily onslaught of fashion news and images that I had to rewatch The September Issue. This film was released in 2009, and it documents the nine months the Vogue staff takes in developing the huge 2007 September issue of the magazine.   As I’ve stated here many times, I’m not a fan of modern fashion magazines, but you don’t have to enjoy the product in order to appreciate the process of making it.

So much has been written about  The September Issue that I don’t have much to add.  When I first saw it, I suppose I was expecting a real-life The Devil Wears Prada, but this is a kinder, gentler Anna Wintour.   I suspect that her staff secretly loved the months the camera was in the offices, following Wintour’s every move.  I mean it’s hard to be one’s nastiest when being filmed, wouldn’t you think?

Also interesting are the moments of Wintour reflecting on why she went into fashion, and her defensiveness in discussing it as a “serious” profession.

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Currently Reading: Worn Journal

After four days of being snowed in, the mail came as a blessing , because included was the latest issue of Worn Fashion Journal. Now if you are not currently reading Worn, you are missing a real treat.  It’s an independently published magazine out of Canada, and as far as I know, there is nothing else like it.  While not strictly about vintage clothing, it does have a decidedly vintage bent, with articles about fashions from the past, interviews with collectors, and articles about issues concerning maintaining collections, all mixed with a dose of street fashion.

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Farewell to Vogue


I just got my final issue of Vogue in the mail.  Considering that I’ve been a subscriber since the early 1980s, this was a big decision.  I’ve been growing disenchanted with fashion magazines in general….no, that’s not the truth of it.  I’ve become disenchanted with fashion.  The magazines are just a reflection of that.

I’ve been through rough spots with Vogue before.  Honestly, I barely survived 1988 with my subscription intact.  But I held on, and fashion took a swing that was more to my liking.  This time it’s looking more and more like ugly is here to stay.

The biggest offenders?  Shoes.  I hate what has happened to shoes in the past few years.  Here you have these skinny legged models who all look as if their feet have been caught in an animal trap, or have an mini electric chair straped to the foot.   Seriously, it’s like an updated version of the Emperor’s New Clothes, where no one can see that the “egdy” shoes on their feet are actually just ugly.

And while I don’t shop for these shoes, the trickle-down effect has made shopping for a flattering pair of sandals to be the hunt of a lifetime. Can someone please just make a simple black sandal with a small heel and a cute decoration?

The shoes started it all, but what really made my mind up not to renew was a notebook I’ve been keeping.  Starting in 1995 (15 years ago!) I started keeping photos of clothes and shoes I loved, put them in my own sort of look-book, so I could copy the best of them and remember to look for the accessories.  I’ve got pages and pages, but since 2007 I’ve added one item – a striped Piazza Sempione dress from last year that I’d still love to have.

So I look back in my notebook at the cute little Marc Jacobs flats and pretty scalloped-edged Sabrina heels and feel downright nostalgic for 1999.

Before I go. I do want to lament what has happened to our great style magazines like Vogue and Bazaar.  I can look at a 1950s Vogue and I can picture the women I knew from that time actually wearing the clothes the magazine featured.  I can see that they were useful in helping women stay stylish.  I can remember getting Vogue in the early 80s, saving my $$$ and actually buying a piece or two I’d fallen in love with.  (Before you starting thinking that maybe I’ve aged out of fashion, just the price tags alone would keep any average American woman from being able to purchase over 95% of the items  in the editorial section of the current issue of Vogue.)

That’s all.  At least I have my vintage copies to keep me warm.




Posted by KeLLy Ann:

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You…I too have been seriously aggravated at the Shoe People. All I want is a nice dressy shoe with a heel I can walk in. I detest these things they call shoes. Mostly. One reason I started collecting Vintage patterns is because I’m tired of not being able to find clothes I like, that fit, and are built well.

Monday, February 22nd 2010 @ 6:44 PM

Posted by Em:

Though I do like the modern “bear trap shoes” (that is the best description!), I do agree that a lot of what is featured is more concept than something the average person could pull off financially or practically. I always enjoy your well-thought-out posts. Loved the old covers in this one!

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010 @ 5:32 AM

Posted by Lisa:

I totally agree with you except I think I’m disenchanted with clothing, advertisements and the photo spreads. I too look through my vintage Vogues for a reminder of what a fashion magazine should be! Great Post!:)

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010 @ 9:25 AM

Posted by Sarah:

I stopped buying fashion magazines a few years ago, after I realised I simply wasn’t reading them!

One reason might be that its easy enough to keep up with trends online if you want to, but the other might be that I’ve simply lost patience with fashion too.

I’m not asking for velcro fastening bootees and elasticated waistbands (I’m not quite there yet!) but fashion does seem to be increasingly divorced from real life – and the shoes are a good example of that.

Oh heck, maybe I am just getting old!

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010 @ 9:44 AM

Posted by Mod Betty / Retro Roadmap:

I just had to add my voice to the “why are all shoes so ugly?” chorus- not only ugly, but uncomfortable and dangerous, I can’t imagine falling off some of these monstrosities. I feel bad for young gals these days who have to wear them to keep up appearances. At least some ballet flats have made it back into style, but the heels have got to go!

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010 @ 2:17 PM

Posted by Jessica:

I hate shoes today too… I can’t understand why no one ever says “Hey, all those shoes that look like hooves are pretty awful!” And I agree about fashion magazines. I quit reading them entirely, as it seemed less and less applicable to real life.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010 @ 3:50 PM

Posted by Inky:

agreed – i received a free one year to Lucky magazine and after the first issue i pass it on without opening it. I can’t bear to look at modern clothing and the shoes are horrible offenders.

Wednesday, February 24th 2010 @ 10:39 AM

Posted by Joules:

You’ve summed it up Lizzie! Regretable, but that’s the reality.

Wednesday, February 24th 2010 @ 10:42 AM

Posted by Chris Anderson:

Ok I could live with the shoe if it made a short appearance and went away. But they have stayed around longer then they should have. OK ha ha big giant shoes, now let’s move on. I let my subscription expire a few months ago.

Vogue hit the wall in the 80’s. I became a loyal Elle fan… Vogue totally missed out on what was really going on and seemed to be plaquating their advertisers.

Wednesday, February 24th 2010 @ 12:38 PM

Posted by Lizzie:

Thanks for the validation. Sometimes I feel I’m out in left field, all by myself!

And I love ballet flats too, but even some of them are so over designed that they are…tacky.

Wednesday, February 24th 2010 @ 7:19 PM

Posted by Tracy:

still trying to create my own blog. I have been really busy. I think I may be ready to start. Love the Vogue speak and yes, the shoes out right now are horrible. Skinny legged models feel in animal traps describes the horrific site perfectly. 😉

Sunday, March 7th 2010 @ 9:38 AM

Posted by reilly:

I’m in love with that Vogue 1934 cover – perfect, perfect, perfect.

I agree with you on most of this, but sometimes I wonder if us vintage-loving folk aren’t a bit too harsh or close-minded. There’s a lot I don’t like about clothing today, but we can’t back-peddle. We all know clothing is an important indicator of what’s going on with our society and within our countries, so I’d hate for us to be stagnant.. what would that mean for us?

I don’t read magazines but I can imagine that they are letting a lot of people down. I often feel like my peers around me don’t actually know what they like or have their own personal style. Plenty of people can’t work, and they don’t sew, so everything they buy is from a low-quality store that is imitating a design that is imitating something else. Every item out in stores is for a trend, a flash in the pan. There’s no longevity to any of their clothing because the thought and quality isn’t there.

Friday, March 26th 2010 @ 3:57 PM

Posted by Lizzie:

I really feel for people who don’t sew. Maybe we should go back to the days when every girl was taught how to use a machine, but this time do it right and teach the boys as well!

I can’t speak for all fashion magazines, because I have been limiting myself to Vogue and Bazaar, but the truth is there is very little featured that the average woman would wear, even if she could afford it.

Friday, March 26th 2010 @ 4:35 PM

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