Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

Let's jump back a few decades and take a trip back to 1960, where we'll see that even though the world has changed in 49 years, there are certain elements of Teen Magazine that will always stay the same.

Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

Teen magazines are still filled with ads reminding you that your personal hygiene is the key to social success. Here, we learn that bad breath can drive the fellas and the ladies away. Dateless? Friendless? Perhaps you need to brusha brusha brusha!


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

Here we have the 16th birthday party of a famous young lady of the time. Much like the show My Super Sweet 16, the spread begins by focusing on her outrageous birthday party with super important guests, and ends with her parents buying her a brand new car. Things change, things stay the same.


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

"Man, dig those crazy flippers!" Here we have some info on the teen scene, which apparently is filled with wacky aquatics.


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

Ah, the ol' "Don't read this, girls! It's just for the boys (but not really)" trick. Do we dare read on, ladies? What secrets could possibly be revealed? Let's find out.

Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

Turns out the "secret info" is a guide for boys on how to sweep ladies off their feet. The basics: be polite, brush your teeth, and don't try to shove your tongue down her throat. If you look closely, you'll see my favorite part of the magazine: someone has written the name "Gary" next to the suave gentleman on the right. I hope Gary turned out to be an absolute dream...

Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

As opposed to this dud, who doesn't have a shot in hell with the ladies. This article is so unbelievably sarcastic that you'd think it was written yesterday: "Taking a bath once a week was good enough for Grandpa, so it's good enough for you. Especially if you are an active athlete. She'll really look up to you for this. She'll probably have to—the sight of you will undoubtedly knock her over."


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

Ah, the celebrity diary! Here, we learn that Frankie Avalon gave Annette Funicello a gold charm for her bracelet. Couldn't you just die!? What an absolute dream!


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

If you look closely, you'll see that this Clearasil is being advertised as "skin-colored." By "skin-colored," they mean "white," as that was the only color I saw represented in this issue.


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

This issue is also filled with lots of hip lingo, dig? I'm not sure what "Sportswear for fun are Endsville to a wardrobe" means, but I like it.


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

"One Coke, two straws."


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

It's very important to make sure your sportswear is Endsville (I think?) in order to impress the fellas at the pep rally.


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

Pretty sure George McFly over here just told all four of these ladies that they were his density—I mean, his destiny.


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

Would any teen magazine be complete without an ad for Stridex pads? I think not.


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

As you can see, the ol' "I was a geek in high school, but look at me now!" story was alive and kickin' 49 years ago.


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

A free pair of Big Daddy sunglasses with your subscription? Sign me up!


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

This is my favorite page in the entire magazine: a guide to writing "Way Out" stories. It ends with my new favorite phrase of all time: FILE IT, BURN IT, MAIL IT TO ANTSVILLE, which I'm pretty sure was the "GTFO" of its day. And I'm not sure what a "Jiggle Stick" is, but I'm sure Lady GaGa will work it into her next album somewhere.


Hey, Crazy Cats, Let's Take A Way-Out Trip Through Teen Magazine, October 1960S

This is the back page of the magazine. For when you're done reading about teen stars, hepcats, crazy wayout stories, Stridex pads, and the importance of brushing your teeth, it's time to get down to business and start thinking about getting married. Yikes! Perhaps some things have changed after all...or at least they wait until you graduate to Cosmo to start pushing the rings nowadays.