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Thread: Nostalgia for old magazines (or old versions of some that are still published)

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    Nostalgia for old magazines (or old versions of some that are still published)

    I really miss the fiction/stories that used to be in magazines.

    Remember when Good Housekeeping had some fiction in it? At least a couple of short stories and a longer one.

    Remember when Reader's Digest had a condensed version of some fiction? Remember when Reader's Digest did not have ANY ads in it? Remember when the articles were continuous (as in when on page 18 the article was continued on page 19)? And it had more pages in it!

    Any other fond memories of magazines that have changed or no longer exist?

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    YEP! Remember REDBOOK? It had several stories and then a novel that sometimes was in 2 or 3 parts. Also I remember McCall's magazine had paper dolls "Betsy McCall" and sometimes a quilt pattern! Reader's Digest was a family favorite for many years...remember the art work on the back cover?
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    Magazines are going the way of the newspapers. People just don't purchase them like they used to. The media is having a hard time hanging on. Everyone has been getting their information from the internet.

    As a library employee, I still promote the printed material. I tell people you still need libraries, but it is hard to get the message across especially at election time to renew our operating millage.
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    I used to could linger over them for days, now I give them a quick glance and toss them. I have stopped buying all but the quilting magazines. But I remember how I used to look forward to each one when it came out. We are losing so much in out fast paced digital world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeank View Post
    Magazines are going the way of the newspapers. People just don't purchase them like they used to. The media is having a hard time hanging on. Everyone has been getting their information from the internet.

    As a library employee, I still promote the printed material. I tell people you still need libraries, but it is hard to get the message across especially at election time to renew our operating millage.
    Our county commission, despite what the people wanted, just turned the library over to an out of state business. And I agree, there is nothing like holding the book or magazine in your hands, especially when you are reading to a child and there are all those great illustrations!
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    I used to love magazines but nowadays, it seems most of them have more ads, than articles. The good ones are also harder to find, unless one happens to have a local bookstore. I know there are subscriptions but I prefer to pick-and-choose issues.
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    i even liked the classified ads at the back of the magazines
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    Just today it was announced that Newsweek will cease publication as a magazine the end of the year and will be digital only. Along with the miracles of technology come some drawbacks. Personally I like the feel of a magazine in my hands, turning the pages, taking my time or rushing thru, and a popular magazine on a computer screen just won't do it for me.

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    I wondered what had happened to McCall's and found out it turned into Rosie as in O'Donnell, then quit publishing.

    A lot of these magazines have been around a long, long, time.

    Cosmopolitan used to be a general fiction magazine for both genders, until Helen got a hold of it.

    Ladies Home Journal helped popularize the term "living room" - quote from their website (Bok was the publisher.)

    The Living Room Is Born

    No matter the size of a house, Bok believed every inch of space should be utilized. He considered formal rooms such as the drawing room or parlor a waste: "We have what we call a 'drawing room.' Just whom or what it 'draws' I have never been able to see unless it draws attention to too much money and no taste...." The parlor was traditionally used only on Sundays or for displaying deceased family members before burial, so architects at the turn of the century renamed the space the "living room" to stamp out any somber connotations. From November 1900 on, Bok fully supported this new concept in the pages of Ladies' Home Journal, publishing only plans that replaced parlors with living rooms. As a result he probably helped popularize the now-standard term.

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    I liked to read my aunt's Workbasket magazines. They were so homey.
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    I to miss the old magazines especially the quilt magazines I use to get everyone published but now I do not get any they all seem the same and quilts are not fun like they use to be either to artsy or it is fast fast my favorite is still the sampler and what can be done with a block Sharyn Craig's article "What If" was one of my favorites

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    Sigh.. with the advent of technology which we all enjoy to get on this board with; something must give. Unfortunately its print. I refuse to give up print even tho I do enjoy the technology; to read a good book or a quilt magazine is for me still when I prefer the silence and want to use only my eyes, brain and creativity. Yes sometimes I do get it from the "technology" part but mostly the book or magazine will spark an idea faster.
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    I can't stand the new format on all the "knew" mags. All the pages look the same, I can't tell the articles from the ads! For decades, I've always subscribed to Woman's Day, Family Circle, Redbook,McCalls,BHG,Goodhousekeeping and Readers Digest. I've always subscribed to at least 25 to 35 magazines. Up until about 5 years ago. I wouldn't even open them out of their plastic, everytime I would have a visitor, I would beg them to take them home. It was hard to find any takers. I donated them to Dr.s offices and thriftstore. I don't subcribe to any mags, but one quilting magazine and I got tricked into subscribing to it. Haven't received any issues yet and probably never will.

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    I have a couple of either Woman's Day or Family Circle that are 1950's vintage. It's fun to see the ads and articles from that era.
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    Wasn't Workbasket a treasure trove? My older neighbor got it when I first got married and passed it on to me. That was almost 40 years ago. I enjoyed it and returned it because she kept every issue and an index of items she wanted to make. She is still alive and is probably still referring to them.
    Quote Originally Posted by MaryStoaks View Post
    I liked to read my aunt's Workbasket magazines. They were so homey.

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    I still get Better Homes and Gardens. I love the decorating articles and they still have at least a couple a month. The gardening is sometimes helpful. I generally clip a recipe or two, but, in truth, I get most of my recipes from the Web. I gave away almost 2/3 of my cookbooks. I really couple let another dozen go and just keep the few that were my mother's, but I have a favorite recipe or two in several so I keep them. There are still some wonderful ones like Country Living that I browse at the library.

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    I used to enjoy magazines, but now most of them are $7 to $10, and frankly, half of each one is just ads. I get more information from books, so spend money on books instead of mags. Mags have it all over a Kindle in the bathroom, or outhouse, though.
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    I just went thru my Readers Digest, cover to cover, it seems it's more than half ads. Don't like it anymore!

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    Redbook was always my favorite magazine. Loved all the short stories and Novel at the end. Now all the magazines are the same. One page items as if they think everyone has a short attention span and couldn't possibly read an entire article. I only subscribe to Better Homes & Gardens & 2 quilt magazines now.

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    The old Mother Earth News, So naive, so hopeful and those 'personal' ads in the back, wow. And old Grit. The old tabloid, newsprint format was so folksy and delivered by entrepreneurs young and old. The new Grit is glossy and nice but just not the same. I read my brothers' Boys' Life and theSaturday Evening Post.

    I loved and still love National Geographic, Archaeology Today and Goldenseal, the West Virginia magazine about contemporary and past times.

    Readers' Digest joke pages: always enjoyable....The condensations, not so good--they stripped flesh from books and left skeletons.

    Southern Living was an old reliable that recently changed format, and not for the better, IMO.

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