Ever since my teen years, I’ve been a devoted magazine reader. Tiger Beat and 16 magazine were my faves to keep up with my idols, The Monkees, Herman’s Hermits, Dino, Desi and Billy and Paul Revere and the Raiders. But Seventeen magazine was the bible when it came to teen fashion and beauty. I would pore over each (10.50″ x 13.50″) glossy page, looking for the newest fashion trends and beauty tips. It also had a lot of great editorial content and even the ads were pretty darn fab.
Several years ago I came across the stash of Seventeen magazines in my girlhood home that I had saved. The issues range from 1968 to 1975, which covered my entire teen years and are basically a documentary of that time for me. I took them home and started poring over them. Looking at the pictures generated the same feelings as when I looked at them for the first time. I’ve used a lot of the pictures here in my blog, and am having such a blast being able to recount my personal experiences with such a cool vintage medium at hand.
The December 1973 issue of Seventeen has to be my favorite one. I have a personal interest in this as I was actually published in it! Seventeen had a “Free For All” section, “where our readers take over”. I submitted a short essay on a “body language” project that I did for my high school psychology class, and they accepted it for publication. I was positively thrilled! I think I got paid $20.00 for it, which would be about $105.00 in today’s currency. Considering I was making 50 cents an hour babysitting, I thought I had struck gold.
Here’s my article – you can click on the image to enlarge. I remember that they edited it quite nicely since that’s when they had actual editors to clean up any errors. My original submission was handwritten on notebook paper and sent via snail mail. They in turn sent me a check and a nice letter. After it was published I received a big envelope containing 5 “tear sheets”, which were pages from the magazine that had my article. Just a really nice touch.
I am so glad that I saved all those magazines. Maybe I had an inkling all those years ago that I would someday need them for my blog. As if I could have even imagined such a thing possible! It is nice to have hard evidence of what I was interested in then, and am still interested in now. The next project on my agenda is to go collect and go through my Mademoiselle magazines from the 70s. I saved those too. 🙂