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Reply #26: doubtful. the picture is sourced "1940". True Story Magazine didn't start as a women's magazine. [View All]

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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-29-09 08:36 PM
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26. doubtful. the picture is sourced "1940". True Story Magazine didn't start as a women's magazine.
Edited on Sun Nov-29-09 08:43 PM by Hannah Bell
In 1919 the eccentric publisher Bernarr Macfadden began publication of True Story Magazine. According to Macfadden the magazine was inspired by personal letters of "confession" sent to him in his capacity as the editor/founder of Physical Culture.

Sensing a widespread interest in the changing social/sexual codes of modern America, Macfadden put out a new magazine filled with first-hand accounts of social problems such as pre-marital sex, illegitimacy, adultery, unemployment, social relations, and crime (alongside ever-so slightly risque movie-stills of each story's most dramatic momentsthe kiss, the temptation, the horrible realization)...

Over time True Story evolved into a magazine that told mild tales of women's sexual misadventure, tempered by strong doses of normative moral sermonizing....By the 1930s True Story was a tamer version of the original confessional concept, and a decidedly less exciting one. Although True Story lost its male readership along with its male confessions, the magazine did continue to offer one of the few working-class voices in the marketplace.

In the 1920s, the period in which True Story shocked middle-class Americans into a series of renewed (and somewhat successful) efforts at censorship, the magazine was an innovative, raunchy, working-class pulp that purveyed an eclectic range of stories designed to appeal to both a male and female audience.


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