Vintage Mag Hag

Fashionable Décor

People often ask me where I got my collection of 1950s & 1960s Vogue & Harper’s Bazaar magazines. Really the secret is not that much of a secret: I spotted a small plug for the Paper Pursuits website in an issue of Domino a few years ago. The website sells several publications that range in age — some dating back to the 1920’s — but my faves are the graphic punch covers from the late 50s-late 60s, like these fab finds:

And they aren’t just for women, either. I’m in love with these old GQ covers found on Conde Nast’s online store — also a great resource for cover art prints, albeit with a heftier price tag ($195+). Aren’t they just so Mad Men?

Paper Pursuits’ prices for full issues range from $45-145, depending on how rare an issue is, whether or not it features a celebrity (I’ve seen Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot to name a few), and its condition. Some of the page illustrations are worth it alone – great fashion sketches — and often the old ads are to die for! My collection is growing, slowly but surely:

I’ve had different arrangements up at different times, depending on what color schemes I’m currently digging. Here’s what made the cut for now, in my white/black/warm gray/orange office:

It’s fun, flexible, and cheap! I photocopied these so as not to ruin my originals, and bought ready-made frames and mattes. As my daughter now says (arms up)…ta-da!!


Photo credits: Paper Pursuits, Conde Nast Store, and small shop.

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Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).