| Vintage Kids Magazines

Last summer on a trip to Maine we stumbled upon a gem of a thrift store where I found stacks of these vintage “Children’s Activities” magazines from 1940. It literally makes my teeth hurt that I didn’t buy them all. (Does this phenomenon affect anyone else? Deep regret=dental discomfort?) But luckily I did buy two, and every page is a treat.

Care to learn a new country ballad?


Or perhaps you’d like to shop for some toys?  The lines on that swingset are so beautiful (and so is the price—$38.00!), and that electric scissor guy could come in pretty handy with all our projecting.


Even the ad to renew the subscription is fantastic. There is a high chance Mr. Owl and his spectacles will make an appearance in some sort of craft come October.


But I think these guys will make a better spring project; aren’t the angles great?  I think I’ll print them on a magnet sheet and let Ivy add some color. Oliver will be happily distracted with them while I make dinner, and though I swore I would never let my fridge become a clutter monster, that ship has long since sailed and we might as well have some pointy little friends on there.

Click here to download a copy for yourself; I’d love to hear your ideas for putting them to work!

  • Nicole_boldgoods

    March 29, 2012 10:27 am

    Oh my gosh I love these images! How multi-functional are those amazing swings?! And the drawing activity?! Wow. Reminds me of a really great 1960′s book of disney stories that I got at the last Antic. I sense from the princess post that you are anti-Disney but this book is to die for.

  • Linsey Laidlaw

    March 29, 2012 2:24 pm

    Nicole, I don’t think I’m so much anti-Disney as I am anti-princess-branded-EVERYTHING. If you have girls I am guessing you know what I mean. That book sounds amazing! Would love to see some scans!

  • Stacy

    April 2, 2012 7:19 pm

    These are great! I wish you could still subscribe to magazines like this today. Love your blog! Thanks for sharing!

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