Category Archives: Magazines

Magazine Madness and/or Mania: Ideas For Hideous Entertaining from Seventeen, May 1978

Ah, the late 1970s. So many Earth Tones, so many ads for tanning oil. What did it mean to be a teenager 42 years ago? Well, I am actually rather unclear, because a lot of the content in this issue … Continue reading

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Three Decades of Short Fiction from SEVENTEEN Magazine

Like its older sisters in the field of mass-market women’s magazines (everything from Cosmopolitan to Woman’s Day) Seventeen featured a great deal of short fiction in its pages from its debut in 1944. Some of these were reprinted in anthologies, … Continue reading

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Magazine Madness and/or Mania: Co-Ed, May 1963

Published by Scholastic between 1959 and 1985, Co-Ed’s somewhat confusing tagline was “The High School Magazine For Homemakers and Career Girls”, which covers pretty much every group of young women except collegiate co-eds.

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Magazine Madness and/or Mania: Seventeen, June 1988

Any guesses on who the cover girl is? Scroll to the bottom to find out! Even for Seventeen, this issue has an incredibly high ratio of advertising to editorial content. In the latter category, we have a helpful suggestion from the … Continue reading

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Magazine Madness and/or Mania: 16 Magazine, August 1966

I’ve talked before about the how difficult it must have been to get the tone right when writing for teen mags. Act too much like the actual adult you are and you sound outright contemptuous about the-kids-these-days, what with their … Continue reading

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Magazine Madness and/or Mania: Seventeen, February 1991

Time-traveling Richard Grieco is here to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day, 1991-style! Even for Seventeen, this is an issue almost completely devoid of content. Possibly because the editors seared their eyeballs into oblivion looking at the featured fashion spread (click all … Continue reading

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Magazine Madness and/or Mania: “A Woman Doctor’s Crash Diet For Teenagers” (Woman’s Day, January 15, 1980)

Well, that’s a headline you’re not going to see on any of WD’s contemporary covers. I was kind of hoping that said diet would include some of those groovy earth-tone cookies. Also the ones at the top and left of … Continue reading

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