When I was young I waited anxiously for the next issue of Seventeen magazine to arrive. I saved (and moved more times than is reasonable) a few issues. This is the cover of one of my favorites:


It’s from May 1968, cost 50 cents. The model’s name is Collen Corby and I wanted to look just like her. What struck me as I flipped through this recently was how many things are still the same! Fringe is in again!IMG_5625 Gladiator sandals are popular right now.IMG_5624Records and turntables are all the rage.IMG_5630Dry shampoo — what’s old is new.











Fake eyelashes were popular then and now. IMG_5622Tights!IMG_5623

Look at this opinion piece! Title: We Need A Woman PresidentIMG_5634

But some things have changed. Look at this ad for Wonder Bread! IMG_5627

There were lots of ads for china and silver:IMG_7096And for engagement rings:IMG_7097There also lots of ads for hope chests, secretarial schools, fashion, medical assistants, and airline training. But this ad is one of my favorites — here’s to flower power! IMG_5632Did you read Seventeen when you were young?

  9 comments for “Seventeen

  1. December 18, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I loved both Seventeen and Teen magazines. My grandmother was insistent I stay up to date on fashion and what was popular. I remember receiving a subscription to Seventeen as a birthday present and feeling so sophisticated when the first one arrived in the mail. One of my other favorites was Tiger Beat, that’s how I kept tabs on Robbie Benson before Google!!

    • December 18, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      I loved 16 magazine to — it may have been a precursor to Tiger Beat! But Seventeen was my favorite. I was shocked to learn my mom read Seventeen when it debuted in 1944!

      • December 18, 2015 at 1:36 pm

        Really? Another thing I thought was invented just for us! 1944??? Wow! I am unfamiliar with 16. My dad didn’t like Tiger Beat and complained that all the pictures I cut out of Robbie Benson (and hung on the wall) would tear the wallpaper down.

      • December 18, 2015 at 4:44 pm

        I’m old enough that I was cutting out photos of The Beatles (Paul) and The Monkeys (Davy Jones).

  2. Gail
    December 18, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    I loved both 16 and 17! Seventeen was my favorite, though. Pretty sure I subscribed for a couple of years. I remember the Yardley ads for slicker lipstick. Why did I think glossy pink would be attractive?

    • December 18, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      I loved Yardley stuff — perfume, soap, lipstick. I save their boxes for years because I thought they were so pretty!

      • Gail
        December 19, 2015 at 1:21 am

        And then there was Jean Naté. If I even smell that, I’m a freshman in college again.

      • December 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm

        And Brut — lots of guys wore Brut!

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