Here a bunch of pages from the August 1954 issue of Redbook – featuring Judy Garland on the cover promoting her new musical, A Star Is Born.
It’s Redbook, so there’s no chance this is about an illicit lesbian romance – but it sure does make the mind go in that direction.
I love the names for the hairstyles – “Miss Liberty”, “Aloha” and “Jasmine”.
This poor kid. Let’s hope the boys at school never caught wind of this advertisement.
Mid-century magazine illustrations – an underappreciated art. I really dig the look of this style.
Little do you realize people are using black magic against you. Sounds pretty sensational – but, really, the article is mostly about how you shouldn’t be superstitious.
Each bottle of shampoo contains one whole egg!
Judy Garland is back – for A Star Is Born. It was originally a 1937 film, then it became a musical this year (with James Mason); then remade a couple decades later with Kris Kristofferson and Streisand. (Then yet again with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.)
I’ll say it again – mid-century magazine and pulp art was incredibly; much more skillful and creative than it had a right to be. Of course, not always…
This “Psychologist’s Casebook” example is very clearly meant to teach mothers not to baby their children, or they’ll grow up to be a simpering manchild.