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“A ballplayer and his Louisville Slugger are like a man and his dog —INSEPARABLE PALS”— says Joe DiMaggio, Famous Yankee home run slugger and A.L. Champion last season.



The lens-hawks of the press risk life and limb to bring you those front-page pictures .

REPORTS FROM the Korean war zone of the reporters and press photographers killed or wounded in action frame as no surprise to anyone who has followed the remarkable development of on-the-spot journalism in the past twenty years.

JOHN WAYNE (Nov, 1954)

When did people stop using the term “houseboy” in a non-sexual manner?


Discovered by Director John Ford in the late twenties, Wayne progressed from stagehand to star. His simple formula, “Everybody loves a hero,” has kept him gainfully employed in nearly two hundred movies, with no end in sight.


John Wayne, a balding and rather homely forty-seven-year-old former football player, is one of Hollywood’s three biggest box-office attractions, and has been for the past four years. Yet according to all the accepted rules for success, John Wayne has no business being a movie star.

Smoke for Pleasure today— No Cigarette Hangover tomorrow! (Sep, 1952)

Smoke for Pleasure today— No Cigarette Hangover tomorrow!

Remember: Philip Morris is made differently from any other leading brand. And that difference is your guarantee of everything you’ve ever wanted in a cigarette . . . tasty mildness, rich flavor, pleasant aroma … a clean, refreshing smoke . . . and NO CIGARETTE HANGOVER!

JON WHITCOMB Watches the Filming of the Fabulous Life of Genghis Khan (Nov, 1954)

JON WHITCOMB Watches the Filming of the Fabulous Life of Genghis Khan

Cosmopolitan’s artist-reporter tells how it feels to be part of a $6,000,000 Mongolian horde loose in Utah’s 115-degree heat.

The sun poured down out of a white sky onto the bright orange desert sand, and I could feel little rivers of sweat creep down my neck. Waves of heat bounced off the gaudy Tatar huts dotting the valley. People standing near were wearing fur hats, fur coats, and heavy leather pants.

Take, a Tip from Anne Baxter – Put “Home-Utility” on your Christmas Gift List! (Nov, 1950)

Anne Baxter does play a conniving backstabber in All About Eve so she must know a thing or two about tools, right?

Take, a Tip from Anne Baxter – Put “Home-Utility” on your Christmas Gift List!

ANNE BAXTER starring in “All ABOUT EVE”
A Darry F. Zanuck Production 20th Century-Fox Studios
* Perfect gifts for men—useful the whole year ’round!
* Priced for every pocketbook — built for every need!
* Easy to operate — fun to use — take the hard work out of home and farm jobs!
* Also Home-Utility 1/2″ Drills, Electric Sows and Bench Grinders, other Kits and attachments!
* Quality-built by BLACK & DECKER, world’s largest manufacturer of portable electric tools!

World’s Wackiest Wits (Jan, 1954)

Being “syruped and feathered” looks absolutely horrible.

The Russian uniform hoax happened in October 1948.

World’s Wackiest Wits

Gagsters have been kicking us around for centuries. Some of their pranks are funny—some not so funny.

By I. B. Neer

THE hour was a few minutes past eleven on a fine Spring evening on the Cornell University campus. Most of the students were lounging in dormitories and fraternity houses when suddenly an urgent voice broke into a broadcast of radio music: “Stand by for a news bulletin.” A pause, then: “Russian planes have bombed London and Marseille. A flight has been sighted over Newfoundland.”

Listeners all over the campus were shocked into silence. Music continued to play and, in a moment, the crisp voice interrupted again: “Enemy planes are now flying over the U.S. Prepare for bombing attack!”

When Mae West Went To Jail For ‘Sex’ (Nov, 1959)

The Adam & Eve sketch from 1937 may be heard here.

When Mae West Went To Jail For ‘Sex’

The Come Up ‘n See Me Sometime girl turned a bare cell into a $1 million publicity sell.


MAE WEST, THE GREATEST teasetress of them all—the naughty-hipped seductress who turned bluenoses red with the line “C’m up’n see me sometime,” and who made the public believe, “I can do more with my voice and eyes than another woman can do turning herself inside out”—failed to bewitch the authorities only once.

She landed in the cooler which she promptly turned into a gilded cage.

Beverly Hills (Oct, 1952)

Irving Stone was a prolific and successful novelist who wrote Lust for Life and The Agony and the Ecstasy.

Slim Aarons was known as the “king” of Hollywood photography and described his job as “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” He has nice spread of Marilyn Monroe on pages 8 and 9.

I don’t know much about present day Beverly Hills, but I’m guessing it makes the one described here seem downright quaint and pedestrian. Well, maybe not pedestrian, since no one in town went anywhere on foot even in 1952.

Towards the end of the piece Irving uses the term “option stomach“, which I’d never heard before. According to Google, this article is the only place it’s ever been used, so I guess that makes sense.

Beverly Hills

You’ll be fascinated by this full and intimate story of what it’s like to live in the movie stars’ home town


BEVERLY HILLS is the place where the man with the three-day beard next to you at the delicatessen counter is Robert Taylor; where the rear half of the horse on the stage of the grammar school during a Cub Scout show is Keenan Wynn; where the Cub Scout den meetings have a rule that no food may be served to the boys by butlers; where the daughter of the M-G-M attorney came home from her first day of school crying, “I’m underprivileged: the other kids in my class have four parents and I only have two.”

When Hollywood STARS TURN To HOBBIES (May, 1936)



WHILE their images are engaged in entertaining millions of people in theaters all over the world, Hollywood stars can be found entertaining themselves—in their workshops. And while their images flash across the screen, garbed in sophisticated evening apparel, gay costumes of former periods, or flashy uniforms, the stars are hard at work in grease stained coveralls, dungarees and sweat shirts, or the first old garments to come to hand.