It’s been quite a while since the awkward, esoteric librarian accessed his library. As usual we will start with the esoteric and end with exotic and this time there are plenty of new titles for you to enjoy from Ewoks to effluence. The first three are simply a matter of timing.
In seventies Russia these magazines would have been awesome!
Believe it or not these magazines are actually made in America! Just check out their description on the very first page.
In case you aren’t able to read the small writing directly underneath the magazines title page it states, The magazine Soviet Life is published by reciprocal agreement between the governments of the United States and the Soviet Union. The agreement provides for the publication and circulation of the magazine Soviet Life in the United States and the magazine America in the Soviet Union.
Yes, in Rockville Maryland at the Fawcett Printing Corporation the magazine Soviet Life is printed and conversely in the Soviet Union the magazine America is printed in Russia.
Some of the more notable articles within one of the magazines included a visit and observations of a Russian in my hometown Seattle. A separate article discussed Leo Tolstoy and his mixed feelings and in some cases admiration for American culture. I have always loved Tolstoy and his writing, because I admired his views and insights into materialism. Born into Russian nobility, he worked to provide education for the poor and later ran away from his aristocratic life shortly before dying. Both of these magazines are polite propaganda machines for either side, but a great read either way.
The next book by Kathleen Meyer pretty much speaks for itself. Inside its covers you will find plenty of valuable material surrounding outdoor defecation. Speaking from personal experience, not heeding this advice will hurt you when attempting to keep your private business private while not taking into account the vantage point of those hiking above you. This book will save your life and the environment with it.
These read along books were all the rage when I was a kid in the eighties, but as the years rolled by some of these titles began to lose their mass appeal. Take for example: Knight Rider Target for Revenge.
One of my all time favorites was the Read Along entitled Ewok Adventures after the movie of the same name.
Now enjoy some real historic gems!!
I’ve always admired my parents’ magazine collection and ages ago they let me have some of their old magazines, but I had no idea just how many historic gems lay in the dark corners of their basement or tucked inside their bookshelves. Below are some of the coolest.
#1 Time Moon Landing
Aldrin, Armstrong, and Collins are exciting to read about, but even more exciting are the advertisements. I’m not sure what kind of lobbyists the sugar corporations have working for them, but if ads like these were prevalent then I can see why diabetes became the epidemic it is today.
Whenever you are over hungry during the “fat time of day” just suck down a spoonful of healthy sugar. Sugar converts to energy faster than anything else and helps control your appestat. If this didn’t solidify the science behind sugars role at improving your health and wellbeing then the definition of appestat surely will.
#2. Life Magazine December 8, 1941
Douglas MacArthur is heavily featured with almost a third of the articles dedicated to his life and plans for the United states in the war. We learn about his time at West Point and every other aspect of his life in vivid detail. The article is also filled with excellent pictures surrounding the war.
Despite America’s declaration of war becoming official on the release date of this magazine when reading the pages you would think our role was more speculative than anything else. Battle plans are discussed and there is the suggestion of rationing in the advertisements, but we have not yet dived head first. Diplomacy with the Japanese is even mentioned in one of the articles surrounding Hirohito’s younger brother.
#3 Life Magazine November 29, 1943
For the next magazine we travel three years and my how things have changed. America is full on in the war effort and one of the best ways to see this is in advertisements. Rationing is in full force and advertisements are now incorporating this into their marketing for everything from food and clothes to Kleenex tissues.
The rest of the advertisements demonstrate just how much the war pulled us out of the depression and into the world power we became following the war.
#4 Assassination of JFK