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    Thursday, December 18, 2003
    Heartwarming 1950s Christmas Stuff

    Ah, good. Blogger is finally accepting my posts again. What was the problem this time? Who knows? Anyway, I thought to get you in the Christmas mood you might like to take a look at some cute, old-fashioned holiday decorating ideas. Most of them come from McCall's magazine, in the days before Rosie O'Donnell got her big mitts on it and sent it spiraling into bankruptcy.

    Quick bit of history here: for decades there were seven main women's magazines published in the US, known as the Seven Sisters. They were Better Homes & Gardens, Women's Day, McCall's, Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping and Redbook. They were much alike, consisting of a mix of recipes, crafts ideas, short fiction (these magazines kept a lot of women writers going) and housekeeping hints. This formula worked well for awhile, but the last thirty years or so have been a different story. Still, all seven of them maintained at least a precarious existence until this year. McCall's became Rosie, and now I think it's gone for good.

    Still, thanks to the Internet we can regress for a bit and take a look at what the hot Christmas decorating ideas were for 1952. I liked the mobiles.

    (via Keri Smith)



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