Remembering the Glamorous Early Years of Ladies’ Home Journal


Yesterday, the Meredith Corporation announced that Ladies’ Home Journal will cease monthly publication following this year’s July issue. The 131-year-old monthly is the second of the “Seven Sisters” women’s magazines — Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Redbook, and Women’s Day — to go out of print (McCall’s folded in 2002), though it will not shut down completely: According to a Meredith spokesman, the publication will maintain its website and print a special interest publication to be sold on newsstands, rather than by subscription.

We will remember LHJ fondly for its smiling housewives, punny cover lines, dedication to the “grown-up” demographic (makeup for grown-ups, school shopping for grown-ups, creepy Halloween cocktails for grown-ups, watermelon for grown-ups), and devotion to many-time cover girl Mariska Hargitay — as well as their century-long archive of glorious, vintage covers, from Audrey Hepburn to Jackie O. and Norman Rockwell to Man Ray. Click through the slideshow for our favorite vintage LHJ covers.

Remembering Ladies’ Home Journal’s Early Years