Fan Magazine Fun: “If I Were a Man…”

1920s fan magazines are an endless source of trivia, fun anecdotes, touches of serious journalism, and of course, oodles of fluff pieces. Take the following irresistible article from Picture-Play Magazine, from the March 1927 issue:

If I Were a Man 1

Here’s the headline on the opposite page (as you can see, the article was compiled by Dorothy……………Wooldridge):

If I Were a Woman 2

A bunch of actors and actresses were asked what annoyed them about the opposite sex the most–and who knows if they were asked personally, or if their publicists responded. Either way, some of the answers are most amusingly 1920s.  Continue reading

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Fan Magazine Fun: More 1920s Fans Draw Their Favorite Stars

A little while ago I posted a page from 1925 Motion Picture Magazine that displayed entries in a “draw your favorite stars!” contest for kids. Looks like a previous issue (from April) had a contest for adults, too!

Fans draw stars contest mot pic mag Apr '25

I’m loving all of these, especially the slinky Colleen Moore. Nita is surprisingly modern (perhaps that’s fitting?) and Zasu is almost anime-inspired. You could say that the Zasu sketch nabbed the $10 prize because it was just a tad ahead of its time.

Hope everyone’s been having a great summer! I’m gearing up for next month right now–a theme month maaaay be in the works (my hints are the subtlest). It’s going to be a fun one, folks!

Fan Magazine Fun: “Can You Tell Them By Their Hair?”

Happy month of May, everyone! I’ve got a few shiny new posts in the works, but until they’re fine-tuned here’s something fun that you don’t see everyday. This is some filler from the September 1926 issue of Picture-Play Magazine. How many, err, pomaded scalps can you name?! I felt confident about four of them, but the others? Err… (You can right-click the image and hit “open in new tab” to see it extra large.)

CanTellByHair 1 pic play mag May '26

Click “continue reading” to see the answers!

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How To Make A Genuine Silent Comedy Pie (For Throwing!)

Have you ever wanted to experience the supreme satisfaction of smooshing someone right in the kisser with a great big custard-y pie just like one of those old-time screen comedians?…Always, you say? Well, now you can, with the following handy recipe!

An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.

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