February 11, 2011

Vintage 365: Vintage Love Magazine cover sparkles with beauty and appeal

Day 42 of Vintage 365


Take a look at this immensely pretty cover, illustrated with the utmost of artistic skill and teaming with enchanting vintage beauty, and tell me that magazines weren't about a billion times more visually appealing sixty years ago? :)

Though "Love Magazine" isn't a title that I'm very familiar with (I think it may have previously been called Love Novels), it seems to have been one of the plethora of glossies (of the day) that were devoted to fictional love stories (which it makes it all the more awesome this week, given that we're just three days away from Valentine's).

I Google the four writers names that appear on the cover, but my searches didn't turn up any pages that revealed more about who these women were (it would have been great to find out if any of those were nom de plumes!). If you happen to know more about Love Magazine or any of the writers mentioned on this cover, please feel free to share your knowledge in the comment section.

No bother in the least though, I always adore looking at vintage magazine covers (this particular one hails from the stellar Flickr stream of x-ray delta one, which is a treasure trove of awesome vintage images), even if what I gather from that cover page alone is possibly all I'll ever know about it. The artwork, fonts, and colours alone are priceless portals back in time to the years of the 40s and 50s, when gorgeously illustrated titles like Love Magazine could be found at any corner news agent stand, five and dime, or corner store.


  1. I would love to have a mural size print of this cover. It's fantastic! I'm going to do a little more googling on this one.
    I have to check out your other 41 days days now!
    Have a great weekend.

  2. It is a lovely front cover. I have noticed that you can purchase head bands with a bow on the top from the high street at the minute - I prefer to use a proper scarf though, a head band would be a little two faux for me. It is a shame that there is no info on the four writers. I love turning up little things like that! x

  3. Lovely image, so romantic and sweet!
    X-ray delta one is one of my Flickr contacts, and yes, he does collect amazing images. What I didn't know until recently is that he restores these images to their original glory (digitally, I assume). He posted a before and after and the comparison was really interesting. While we appreciate the fading and softening that comes with anything vintage, he believes that we should also be able to appreciate these images as when they were new - isn't that wonderful?