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In this stack, I found about 5 or 6 issues of a magazine I have never heard of before. The Country Home Magazine. They were dated monthly from '37 and '39. The ones from '37 were a smaller magazine about the size of a modern magazine like Time or Life, but only about 50 or so pages thick. The issues from '39 were the larger size, more like vintage issues of Ladies Home Journal and McCalls from the same time. These were about 50 pages as well. After a quick flip through of the lot, I decided to get only one issue and see if I liked it. It appeared to have a similar set up as Ladies Home Journal, but not as fashion and beauty oriented. Being that they were reasonably priced at $5 each I was tempted to get them all, but instead I just settled on June 1939.
Published by The Crowell Publishing Company which also published The American Magazine, Collier's (which I own a couple), and Woman's Home Companion, The Country Home Magazine focuses on rural living or more specifically farm living. The magazine is a fun glimpse into farm life that is beyond just planting and plowing schedules.
The magazine gives a simple look into the lives of the farmers and farmers' wives both on the farm and in the home. I think this magazine is a unisex read that caters to both the men and women of country living. The magazine may lean a little more towards the wives with a wonderful section titled "For Country Homemakers" that focuses on Entertainment, Foods, Fashion, and Charm. In tradition of Ladies Home Journal, The Country Home has delightful works of fiction, features, and articles. The ads are targeted at both men and women with classic truck advertisements that run right along with adverts for the latest in washing machines!
Most interesting to me was reading the Forum on the last page, where reader wrote in expressing their opinions on various topics I have realized that in the 75 years since this magazine was published, "the more things change, the more they stay the same."
Two readers with opposing opinions on communism reminds me of the recent Duck Dynasty scandal when Phil Robertson made anti-gay comments.
Rights For Reds
COMMUNISTS have no right to plead their cause in America.
If we grant them freedom of speech and press,
we will soon be engaged in a civil war. --H. P., Kansas
IF DEMOCRACY cannot withstand the distorted banter
of Communism and fascism, we deserve to be swayed
by their arguments. God forbid that we should deny them
the right to think and speak for themselves. Remember,
the hand that turns the dial rules the air. --Mrs. E. C.
Murray, Jr., Texas
How many times have we heard this argument about domestic and foreign affairs?
Mind Your Business
IF EVER America needed to mind its own business, it's
now. We haven't begun to solve domestic problems of
labor and capital, industry and farming, yet some of our
nationally syndicated columnists are trying to solve the problems
of Europe and Asia through an involved series of childish emotional
tantrums that have no connection with intelligence or
even fairness. Wouldn't it be better if they held their fire on
foreign affairs until they'd at least made suggestions to help our
own unfortunates first? --C. R. G., Washington
There are a handful more of letters that are insightful into the lives of the people of 1939 even though they could be letters from 2014!
While The Country Home Magazine was a joy to read and from which I picked up a tip or two, over all I am happy I stuck with my gut and bought only one. I did enjoy it very much, however I couldn't relate to it enough to have to have another. I much prefer the superficial glamor ads and articles one finds in Ladies Home Journal. I am a bit too Sex and the City for the The Country Home. I do recommend the magazine to any vintage readers that live a rural life or even a farm life. Those of you that prefer the great outdoors and have neighbors a drive away may better enjoy this magazine as it was intended to be enjoyed!
Have any of you heard of The Country Home Magazine?
As always your comments are loved and appreciated!