Sometimes it’s just fun to explore midcentury ephemera. Posts in Vintage Just for Fun include short-short stories inspired by illustrations as well as posts about commercials, movies, advertisements, and magazines.

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How to Behave When Eating Out

Dear Friends, A few weeks ago, I narrowly escaped an awkward moment when I was a dinner guest of my ...
Women at Quilty Bee image for Circles Short Story Jan Cooper ModernRetroWoman.com

Circles {Short Story}

Mom dragged me to the church basement. I was not happy. It was Wednesday night, and I hadn’t been back ...
A Different Life Short Story by Jennifer Cook ModernRetroWoman.com

A Different Life {Short Story}

“Good-bye, sweetheart.” I try not to show my little boy the heartache I feel. “Thank you again, Edna. I don’t ...
The Kiss Short Story by Jennifer Cook ModernRetroWomancom

The Kiss

Gayle knew she shouldn’t be surprised. She didn’t know why she had expectations anymore when it came to Greg. But ...
The Picnic {Short Short Story}

The Picnic {Short Short Story}

“Here, put this in the basket.” Judith directed the children like a sergeant on D-Day. A flurry of activity centered ...
The Lost Friendship Short Story Jennifer Cook ModernRetroWoman.com Collage

The Lost Friendship

It’s raining. The boys are getting restless, and suddenly they’re hopping on my bed. “Mommy, come play,” shouts my four ...
A Perfect Memory by Jennifer Cook ModernRetroWoman.com

A Perfect Memory {Short Short Story}

James was getting annoyed, but he didn’t want his father to see. He felt bad for his dad ever since ...
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One Giant Leap

Ten, Nine, Eight… Colonel Thomas “Mac” McKinnly, watched the rocket engines ignite. His hands clenched behind his straight back, expression ...
Your Beauty Zone Vintage Commercial ModernRetroWoman.com

Your Beauty Zone {Vintage Commercial}

For your enjoyment, I offer The Story of a Star, a short film from 1956 showcasing Algilon nylon stockings (developed ...
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Camille v. Camille v. Camille {Saturday Night at the Movies}

During a recent bout with pneumonia, I decided to rewatch Camille, starring Greta Garbo, about a 19th century courtesan living ...
Best Friends Forever {Short Short Story}

Best Friends Forever {Short Short Story}

“Do you want another beer?” The bottles clanked as Bill pulled them out of the refrigerator. Emma was surprised to ...
The Next Step Short Story Jen Cook ModernRetroWoman.com

The Next Step {Short Short Story}

Donna dropped Toby hints for weeks. They’d been dating for two years. It was time for the next logical step ...
Independence Day Jennifer Cook Short Short Story ModernRetroWoman.com

Independence Day

“That’s it,” Rose stared at the mirror. “I’m done being the perfect daughter, sister, friend, ex-girlfriend.” She plopped down on ...
Red White and Blue Memories Jan Cooper Short Story ModernRetroWoman.com

Red, White, and Blue Memories

It was the sweater. Red, white and blue, mimicking the American flag. I could practically hear John Philip Sousa’s “Stars ...
All States Picnic Parade 1955 Home Movie ModernRetroWoman.com

All States Picnic Parade July 4, 1955 {Home Movie}

The first Independence Day parade I remember attending was in Acton, California, when I was a teenager. Although it was ...
Madame Grés suit Glamour Shot of the Day ModernRetroWoman.com

Just Add Accent {Glamour Shot of the Day}

Madame Grés was not always Madame Grés the famous Parisian mid-century couturier. No, she started life with a very average ...
Happy Birthday, Audrey! {Glamour Shot of the Day}

Happy Birthday, Audrey! {Glamour Shot of the Day}

Apparently Audrey Hepburn had the good sense to be born on Star Wars Day. So, for today's Glamour Shot of ...
Jonathan Logan Glamour Shot of the Day via ModernRetroWomancom

Jonathan Logan {Glamour Shot of the Day}

This Jonathan Logan dress was designed by Jeanne Carr in 1958. According to the Vintage Fashion Guild, Jonathan Logan fashions ...
Collage for Pygmalion Saturday Night at the Movies ModernRetroWoman.com

Pygmalion {Saturday Night at the Movies}

Before there was 50 Shades of Grey, there was Pygmalion. In the original Greek myth (and I'm kind of paraphrasing ...
Collage for The Spirit of Christmas 1950 video with the Mabel Beaton Marionettes made by Bell Telephone AT&T ModernRetroWoman.com

The Spirit of Christmas {Vintage 1950 Video}

It was late November, 1988. The Mister and I had moved to a foreign land called New Jersey just a ...
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Three Vintage-Inspired Christmas Trees to Make

I'd love to have a majestic tree in a foyer reaching several stories high but since we live in a ...
Second Chance on Route 66 {Short Story}

Second Chance on Route 66 {Short Story}

Second Chance on Route 66 ”I told you we should have stopped for gas.” “Don’t start on me Amy.” The ...
Avoiding Insipid Tea {Vintage Video}

Avoiding Insipid Tea {Vintage Video}

As this British film from 1941 opens, we discover that there are no secrets to making a good cup of ...
More Kicks On The Original Route 66

More Kicks On The Original Route 66

On a beautiful fall day a few weekends ago, The Mister and I set out for more kicks on the ...
Al Buell image of woman and man dressing; Inspiration for "Getting Ready" ModernRetroWomancom

Getting Ready {Flash Fiction Story}

Getting Ready by Jan Cooper Madelyn ran her fingers through her hair. She couldn’t stifle the cry of anguish as ...
A Brighter Day...In Your Kitchen {Vintage Video}

A Brighter Day…In Your Kitchen {Vintage Video}

The organ begins playing and we are encouraged by the promise of a brighter day in our kitchen. But what ...
Second Chances {Short Short Story}

Second Chances {Short Short Story}

Second Chances Jennifer Cook Meg sat in the car. It was her husband’s pride and joy. He was inside, entertaining ...
"Wishes" Short Story Inspiration; ModernRetroWoman.com

Wishes {Short Short Story}

Wishes by Jan Mears Cooper Imagine Walter’s surprise when he opened his dryer and a woman popped out. He’d purchased ...
Glamour's Coeds {Glamour Shot of the Day}

Glamour’s Coeds {Glamour Shot of the Day}

When I was a teenager in the 1970s, I remember reading and hearing about "coeds." But the term never made ...
Welcome to Alspaugh! {Glamour Shot of the Day}

Welcome to Alspaugh! {Glamour Shot of the Day}

I believe that move-in day has changed quite a bit from when these Duke University freshman were greeted by the ...
Small Potatoes Short Story by Jan Cooper inspired by an illustration by Sarnoff

Small Potatoes {Short Short Story}

Small Potatoes a Short Short Story by Jan Mears Cooper Maggie peeled the potatoes as if her life depended on ...
I've Been Going About My Sewing All Wrong! {Glamour Shot of the Day)

I’ve Been Going About My Sewing All Wrong! {Glamour Shot of the Day)

I was telling a colleague about a sewing project that seems to be taking forever. Although, to be fair, I've ...
Carried Away {Short Short Story}

Carried Away {Short Short Story}

Carried Away By: Jennifer Cook “Cut!” the director yelled. “Finally! Put me down!” Jane squirmed as he put her down ...
Only A Secretary {Short Short Story}

Only A Secretary {Short Short Story}

Only A Secretary by Jan Mears Cooper Katrina hit the floor at the sound of gunfire. She felt the blood ...
Becalmed short story inspired by an illustration of a beatnik and a beautiful woman on a beach by Edwin Georgi, 1959.

Becalmed {Short Short Story}

Becalmed By Lisa Colburn “Uh-huh,” Abigail said, rolling her eyes. She’d heard it all before. Dreamily, Sam continued. “And then ...
No Way Out {Short Short Story}

No Way Out {Short Short Story}

No Way Out By: Jennifer Cook They were after him again. He’d had so many close calls in the last ...
Carrier air conditioning advertisement, 1954; Image courtesy of MyVintageVogue via Pinterest

A Pebble in the Pond {Short Short Story}

A Pebble in the Pond By Jan Mears Cooper “Yes, but what does it DO?” The two women considered the ...
A Knock at the Door {Short Short Story}

A Knock at the Door {Short Short Story}

A Knock at the Door By Jan Mears Cooper Knock Knock Knock The four people in the house created a ...
Unmasked Short Story inspiration image: Woman putting on lipstick with little girl in the doorway watching; ModernRetroWoman.com

A Spring Affair {Short Short Story}

A Spring Affair By: Jennifer Cook Rose didn’t mean for it to happen. She and Thomas had only been married ...
Unmasked Short Story inspiration image: Woman putting on lipstick with little girl in the doorway watching; ModernRetroWoman.com

Unmasked {Short Short Story}

Unmasked By Lisa Colburn Heidi stood in the doorway, staring at Aunt Lila’s plastic face in the mirror. It wasn’t ...
"Dynamic Duo" Short Story Inspiration ModernRetroWoman.com; Illustration by Harry Zelinski for the story “You Have To Be In The Mood” by Elizabeth Troy in Woman Magazine (1953) via TotallyMystified on Flickr

{Short Short Story} The Dynamic Duo

Dynamic Duo By Jan Mears Cooper Shirley wanted to slam the door behind her but Jerry was right on her ...
Curve Balls short story inspiration image of man playing with stereos and woman with records

Curve Balls {Short Short Story}

CURVEBALLS By Jan Mears Cooper Vanessa smiled indulgently as Wayne tested the knobs on the stereo players. This was the ...
Glamour Shot of the Day: Because Flowers Are A Great Distraction; Modess Ad, 1951; Image courtesy of MJ Basala on Pinterest

Because…Flowers Are A Great Distraction {Glamour Shot of the Day}

Once again in our journey to become glamorous, we are reminded of how useful it is to carry flowers around ...
What is Glamour? {Vintage Video}

What is Glamour? {Vintage Video}

Looking a little faded and ghost-like, a group of young women ask their wise older friend, Mary, for advice on ...
Mother Was Wrong {Short Short Story}

Mother Was Wrong {Short Short Story}

Mother was Wrong By Marnee Downing Pointing toward the machine that had been installed a few hours earlier, Lorraine said ...
Margaret's Decision {Short Short Story}

Margaret’s Decision {Short Short Story}

Margaret’s Decision By: Jennifer Cook (Read Part 1: A Bright Future) Only a few weeks had passed since the 4th ...
Because...Sometimes A Girl Needs A Good DIY Project {Glamour Shot of the Day}

Because…Sometimes A Girl Needs A Good DIY Project {Glamour Shot of the Day}

After the last Modess "Because" advertisement we looked at that had the model seemingly emerge for a woman's "good china," ...
Because...You Have To Wonder What They Were Thinking {Glamour Shot of the Day}

Because…You Have To Wonder What They Were Thinking {Glamour Shot of the Day}

All I have to say is that some set designer was laughing hysterically that his visual euphemism was accepted for ...
Because...It Had To Start Somewhere {Glamour Shot of the Day}

Because…It Had To Start Somewhere {Glamour Shot of the Day}

This was the first Modess advertisement in the Because... campaign that lasted well over 20 years. Perhaps the dress is ...
Modess...Because Advertisement; Source image courtesy of Dovima_Is_Divine_II on Flickr.

Because… {Glamour Shot of the Day}

If you looked at the advertisement, above, you'd never know it was part of one of the most successful ad ...