Back in 1941, Parents Magazine developed a magazine for teenage girls entitled Calling All Girls. It changed names several times, and if you’re around my age (early thirties) you might remember it as YM (which originally stood for Young Miss before it was changed to Young & Modern).
Calling All Girls, in addition to self-help type articles, had stories and even comics, usually about women taking charge. Fashion was also a big part of the magazine, but unlike today, it showed you how to make it by yourself (perhaps with an inexpensive McCall’s pattern).
Anyway, this magazine, born during the Second World War, has a very can-do spirit about it, but yet, of course, there are some things that fall a bit flat. Let’s take a look at Volume 10 from 1942.
The first comic, “Daughter of Free France,” tells the story of Eve Curie, daughter of Marie Curie, who, instead of science, embraced a life of intrigue as a journalist. In several panels, the comic portrays her different experiences, and then she comes to America . . .
Yes, America, where only good-looking people have a voice.
Next up, we have a story called “On the Hoof,” where a girl, taking care of the family stables while her father is away, is attempting to catch a man who is misusing the horses as hunting animals. A male friend of hers helps her with his camera. So, he is the one who gets most of the evidence, although she does find a wounded bird where she thought the hunter was going. The only really obnoxious thing in this story is this little paragraph:
How dare you try to ask a business question, you hussy?
More to come!