Monday, February 26, 2018


While browsing the Used Book Room at the Library I came upon these lovelies.

When I was a student at Eton Elementary School, our school librarian made sure that we had a subscription to IDEALS magazine.  I can remember sitting at a table in the library looking at the pretty pictures and reading some of the poems that could be found inside the pages of this lovely magazine.

As I got older, I lost track of this periodical but when I was a young wife and mom, I can remember seeing this publication at the Huntsville Library. One time Mama G was with us when we went to exchange books and she sat down with an ideals magazine.  Before we left the library, she copied a few pages that she thought would be useful for a Women's Circle program at her church.

These vintage magazines are from the 70s and 80s.  I did find an article by Gladys Taber in one of the Thanksgiving editions. ( I have several of her books about New England Living).  Also Edgar a Guest had a poem or two among the pages. I love Edgar Guest. He was known as the Poet of the People for his folksy poetry.

The beautiful covers of the Thanksgiving editions ae still breath taking all these years later. I must say that the quality of printing for this periodical has stood the test of time. All are in great shape.

I did some digging around and I found that Worthy Publishing of Nashville, Tennessee continues to release two editions each year. One at Christmas and one at Easter.  There is even a Facebook page for Ideals.

As I get older I find that I am a sucker for things that remind me of my youth. Perhaps that is how EBAY got started!!


Sandy said...

That could be the VERY reason for eBay. I too lived Ideal magazines. They just draw you in. I am reading another Gladys Taber book and making it last through the year. I am reading the corresponding month as it happens.

Robin in Virginia said...

What a great find you discovered at the library, Arlene! Thinking of you today as you have surgery on your wrist.

Anonymous said...

Arlene, I don't think I've ever heard seen this magazine/periodical. before. I am going to keep my peepers open!

PS I am praying for you today. xo

Visits With Mary said...

I love going back in time, so many memories! I like to go to vintage stores and look at so many things that were the 'norm' back in my youth.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These magazines always had the most beautiful photos and neat stories too. It's fun to find something like this to a good price!

Karen said...

I loved these when I was young, and I still have some of the older ones. I like Edgar Guest poems too. So glad you found those!

Mari said...

I remember these magazines too. I am like you and enjoy seeing things that remind me of my youth.

Carol said...

Oh do those magazines bring back memories! My mom subscribed for years and we always had a copy laying on the coffee table when I was growing up.

Terri D said...

I LOVED Ideals Magazine back in the day! I am happy to learn that they still publish two a year and that they have a Facebook page. I will find it!! Great post!