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Post# 1160999   10/2/2022 at 20:15 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

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Found an archive of old BH&G. Have never seen this Philco cooking set from 1959...a foreshadowing of the Flair!


Post# 1161000 , Reply# 1   10/2/2022 at 20:30 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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I used to check out the 60s and 70s bound versions from the library in the late 70s and early 80s. Just to see the appliances and home styles.

Post# 1161008 , Reply# 2   10/2/2022 at 21:27 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

I have a collection of BH&G dating from the late 40's on to early 2000's. Have no idea what to do with them, don't want to toss them may try ebay.

Post# 1161020 , Reply# 3   10/2/2022 at 23:37 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I have some 50's,early 60's BHG magazines I bought at a thrift shop here-still look at these-same with Popular Mechanics from the same time period.Note the BHG magazines from those days have articles that men would be interested in.Now BHG is just ads for women.Not interesting for men.

Post# 1161023 , Reply# 4   10/2/2022 at 23:56 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Here's an interesting ad. A Hardwick gas microray microwave oven? is it or isn't it?..


Post# 1161026 , Reply# 5   10/3/2022 at 00:15 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Micro Ray

Thats basically like the ceramic burner used on modern gas grills, the ceramic glows bright red.

Post# 1161035 , Reply# 6   10/3/2022 at 09:44 by coldspot66 (Plymouth, Mass)        

Microray was Hardwicks name for their broiler unit..similar to caloric's gas broiler.

Post# 1161042 , Reply# 7   10/3/2022 at 11:45 by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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The nice thing about pre-1964 Better Homes and Gardens Magazines is the Des Moines company never renewed their copyrights to those magazines and they have fallen into the public domain (meaning 100% copyright free). Most other magazines did renew but the BH&G are perfectly legal to post and use as you wish. The 1998 copyright extension act (done for Disney) only affected 1964 and later issues where renewal became automatic unfortunately.

I uploaded one too a while back using my scanning and cleaning skills to make a nice digital version...


Post# 1161070 , Reply# 8   10/3/2022 at 16:25 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Robert, you did an excellent job with the 1958 magazine! Looks super clean, and easy to read.

I'm currently less than 10 minutes away from one of the "Six Idea Homes", the "E" model, located on Cinderella Dr. in Storybook Acres subdivision. I had no idea that particular development was that old - thought it was from the mid 60's.

The lady in the Cannon towel ad looks a lot like my Aunt Doris. She was a model, but never heard her say anything about doing such an ad. Of course, I was only 3 years old then, so wouldn't remember, but she did mainly local ads in Mississippi.

Post# 1161086 , Reply# 9   10/3/2022 at 21:41 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Thank you for finding this site and sharing it with us.

Of course, I was fascinated with the appliances shown in the old shelter magazine and read through and made copies in my years at the Library. That Philco double level built in oven was certainly a step ahead of the competition, but I wonder about the effect of the motion of the drawer on a cake when testing the completion of the baking and the hot horizontal glass surface of the top of the lower oven. It is almost more of a man's engineering dream than anything Frigidaire produced.

Post# 1161102 , Reply# 10   10/4/2022 at 05:37 by chetlaham (United States)        

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I love those homes! They remind me of pool houses and of homes from the 70s.

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