In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I present the super-scholarly Heart Throbs magazine. This is the issue from March 13, 1928, but has a very February feel to it. My guess is this issue hit the newsstand around Valentine’s Day in 1928.
Adorning the cover is Clara Bow, a.k.a The It Girl. She was a huge star of the silent era, and everyone should see at least one silent film starring her. She alone makes this magazine worthwhile.
Unfortunately, Clara is about all I can see in this magazine. Purchased from a bargain bin at a pulp and paperback show, Heart Throbs is in really rough shape. It currently lives in a magazine bag on my bookshelf, and more or less disintegrates to the touch. Published over eighty years ago, Heart Throbs was not supposed to be a masterpiece for the ages. The cheap pulp paper is just too brittle.
Well, that’s about as much Valentine’s cheer as I can muster this year. Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting anything this Valentine’s Day, so my expectations have already been exceeded. I’ve been sent two vintage Valentines AND a care package full of candy. To my Valentine senders, thank you. This post is for you guys. ❤