Monday, 22 August 2016

Vintage Holiday Magazine

Do you like reading old magazines? I love flicking through copies of LIFE Magazine from back in the day, but today I've a new one to enjoy called Holiday. It was a glossy American Mad
Men-era travel magazine originally published during the 40s, 50s, and 60s, aimed at the cocktail-party-loving post-War jetsetter. 

In Holiday, travel was men in fedoras flicking open silver-plated cigarette cases in the boarding area, and society swans pirouetting to their seats, Louis Vuitton hatboxes swinging from gloved forearms. And every copy, while promising a glimpse at enchanting cultures and lives, reminded readers that travel was coveted and special—and had nothing to do with taking off one’s shoes to go through a scanner,” writes Vanity Fair.  

It reminds us of a magical time when cosmopolitan travel was booming and it was exciting to go to Europe on an ocean liner. What's astonishing is its star-studded cast of writers and artists: the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, Truman Capote, Joan Didion... and glossy reportage photography by Slim Aarons and Henri Cartier-Bresson. 

An article from March 1958 on living in Brooklyn, New York, featuring Truman Capote with photographs by Slim Aarons

Even adverts enticing readers to subscribe were glamorous and exciting...

(Via here.)

Psst. Vintage National Geographic.


  1. Oh yes, I love my Holiday Magazines...Each one is a treasure!!
    ~Cooks Falls Lodge~

    1. Oh wow - do you have a collection? I have one so far - on NYC!