50’s Era Hit Parader Magazine

I was going through some of my Grandmother’s old magazines and thought I’d scan a couple of issues of “Hit Parader” so that I could share them.

Hit Parader¬†was a popular music magazine that was published from 1942 – 2008. In the 80’s they switched their focus to metal music.

Here is their December 1949 issue featuring Ann Blyth:

My favorite parts are the ads. There is a body building ad from Charles Atlas, imitation diamond rings for $3, a girdle, three ads for estrogen bust cream and two ads for padded bras.

And from June 1957 featuring Audrey Hepburn:

There is a full page ad pushing “Wate-On” the fortified, super calorie, solution for the underweight. Imitation diamonds are now only a $1. The bust cream ads are gone and there are lots of ads for photo enlargement.

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