Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Whisper Campaign

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on August 9, 2010

An issue of Whisper from June, 1956, an example of the gossip-fueled tabloids that multiplied in the 1950s,
answering (and creating) the American public’s thirst for scandals – especially about
actors and actresses, and exposés of the underbelly of the middle class.

Among such articles about wife-swapping in the suburbs and crime rings for hire,
are overtly hostile profiles of gay men, including the pan of Liberace’s first starring role in a film
and a frank open letter to Tennessee Williams penned by his “old friend,” Max Maxwell.

The magazine is also filled with ads promising body-reshaping, sex tips, and
and the extremely practical “hair-do cutouts” from Hollywood Hair-Do (located on Long Island).

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  1. Jim Fisher said, on August 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Here is a link to some modern hair-do cutouts, just in case you want to change your look.

    Click to access washingtonpost-sanjaya.pdf

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