Today is February 17, 2022. Every day since Feb 1, I have been posting a mid-century image showing a couple in love. The images are selected from my collection of vintage mid-century women’s magazines. This month’s feature is titled 28 Days of Love in celebration of February and Valentines Day. I hope readers of this blog are enjoying the wonderful photos and illustrations published for advertisements, articles, or short stories in the 20th mid-century era. These old magazines have some fun finds that are appealing to our 21st century eyes. This is especially true for the sometimes kitschy and sometimes elegant images of love published back then.
For today’s post, I have chosen this illustration by Walter Skor. His artwork accompanied a short story titled Experiment with Love by Natalie Shipman. This 8 page short story was published in the September 1952 edition of McCalls magazine.
I am always interested in learning more about the talented authors and illustrators whose works were published in these magazines. I was not able to find much about Walter Skor except for some social media postings from other vintage magazine enthusiasts.
Author Natalie Shipman wrote an assortment of short stories and novels as stated in her obituary which was published in 1967 to announce her death from cancer at age 64. I have scanned her short story and included it as a download.
The cover and table of contents of the McCalls Sept 1952 issue are shown below. There were 2 other short stories as well as a serial published in this magazine. Perhaps these short stories were an entertaining distraction from mid-century life.