These Vintage National Enquirer Covers Are Hilarious

It's been a big week for The National Enquirer (the magazine that I once got sent home for reading at school). The publication broke the news that Ellen's house is possibly haunted and alerted faithful readers to a big secret that Jimmy Fallon doesn't want you to know (he loves his wife and child!). And if that wasn't… »3/03/14 4:15pm3/03/14 4:15pm

Taste Test From Hell: We Cooked a Bunch of Gross Recipes From the '50s

Few things are more luridly delightful than midcentury food porn—fishy Jell-Os, mayonnaise frosting, all canned everything, foods ground up and then moulded into the shapes of other foods. If you've ever flipped through your grandma's post-war Betty Crocker cookbook, then you know what I'm grimacing about. These are… »2/25/14 3:40pm2/25/14 3:40pm

Celebrity Diet Stories of 1929 Just as Depressing as Today's

As previously mentioned, back issues of Photoplay have been archived online. A quick flip through of the January 1929 issue revealed a piece that feels chillingly current: It warns that women are putting their lives at risk when they try to be as skinny as Hollywood stars. We've been talking about this shit for 84… »9/04/13 4:05pm9/04/13 4:05pm

Your Morning Cry: Leonard Nimoy's Touching 1968 Advice Column Answers Teen Biracial Girl

While the William Shatner era of Star Trek isn't exactly the first thing that springs to mind as a predecessor of the "It Gets Better" anti-bullying movement, Buzzfeed's got an excerpt from the advice pages of a 1968 teen magazine called Fave displays Leonard Nimoy's sensitivity to the plight of one particular young… »3/16/13 12:00pm3/16/13 12:00pm

Putting Your Baby in a Cage Used to Be Perfectly Acceptable

Inequality by (Interior) Design, a blog by sociologist Tristan Bridges, turned one-year-old last month and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. In a recent post, Bridges featured a product that reminds us all why history is awesome: the "portable baby cage": »3/04/13 2:50pm3/04/13 2:50pm

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What Ever Happened to Elsie Scheel, 1912's Perfect Woman Who 'Didn't Know Fear'?

Back in 1912, the New York Times declared Elsie Scheel the "perfect woman." Sure, she may have been a little bit of a dick about how perfect she was (a followup article in The Oregonian reported that "Miss Scheel feels that the average girl does too much of the wrong sort of thing - too many dances and not enough… »1/03/13 2:50pm1/03/13 2:50pm

Very Phallic Vintage Ads Prove Agencies Were Thinking With Their Dicks

Copyranter posted seven phallic ads in his column on Buzzfeed, and each one is worse than the next. It would be nice to construct some in-depth commentary about visual literacy and subliminal messages, but all I can think is They knew what this looked like, right? And someone still gave it the green light? I mean,… »11/26/12 6:45pm11/26/12 6:45pm

Vintage Towel Ads Reveal Our Changing Perceptions of Homoeroticism

We've posted before about how our changing collective awareness of homosexuality in the U.S. over the last several decades often leads us to see implicit (or even explicit) gay themes in vintage ads and photos that likely wouldn't have carried those connotations at the time. My colleague Gregory R. sent in a set of… »10/22/12 2:20pm10/22/12 2:20pm

Raquel Welch Dances with Leather Daddies While Waiting for the Subway Circa 1980

Why is it that when people wax rhapsodic about the gritty New York of the '70s and '80s, they always manage to leave out the part about how waiting for the subway used lead to choreographed dance sequences with a variety of ethnic stereotypes? Knowing this, the nostalgia makes a lot more sense. »8/17/12 5:00pm8/17/12 5:00pm