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Vintage Magazine

by CH Contributor in Culture on 17 November 2009

by Ariston Anderson

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For all of us out there who still love turning the printed page, the premier issue of Vintage Magazine, printed on various card stocks and boasting an open spine bound with red ribbon, is a joy to hold and explore.

The title Vintage hints at an era when we still read magazines, but also at a future when gorgeous magazines and art books will become rarities to treasure. Founder Ivy Baer Sherman Sherman explains, "the magazine uses the term 'vintage' in its broadest sense--focusing on the excellence of, the finest of things...aiming to do so both in content and in presentation."

Vintage Magazine was modeled on the legendary Flair Magazine (1950-51), a publication that the New York Times called "one of the most extravagant and innovative magazines ever published." Flair featured die-cut covers, fabulous foldouts and illustrations, and contributions from the likes of Salvador Dali and Tennessee Williams.

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Vintage magazine aims to present similar delights, with each article presented in as thoughtful a manner as it was written. Jazz critic Gary Giddins pays homage to the lost art of the album cover, told on pages cut to resemble 45 rpm single album jackets. Randi Gollin tells the history of the Ferragamo wedge, illustrated through a die cut window. Artist Judith Oksner tells her story of a year abroad in Paris through watercolors. And Kristen Frederickson breaks down 60-year recipe cards from her grandmother. The magazine is filled with still more surprises, including, a pictorial history of haircuts staged in flip-book form, and one man's ode to his 1973 Dino Ferrari.

Subscriptions run one year for $32 and two years for $60 and are available at Vintage Magazine's website.

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