I actually gasped when I pulled this out. The cover picture featuring Dr. Martin Luther King marching and preaching is impactful as a piece of photography but so is the recipient’s handwritten note in the logo lettering: “Keep This”.
Many of the advertisements for major brands like Crest and Coke feature all African American models. There are several color sections with color advertisements as well as black and white pages. This issue also features an article on Philadelphia’s own Father Divine and a nice write up on Preservation Hall, the iconic New Orleans jazz house. The magazine is packed with great stuff, it weighs over 1.5 lbs. All pages appear to be present and intact.
It’s in good readable condition (see some discoloration top right corner of cover, some feathering bottom left spine and the cover pen inscription as noted). It has been kept in the air so it has the usual yellowing of the pages from age but nothing that detracts from this wonderful piece of history. They are not brittle, they turn easily. I detect no noticeable odor to the paper. This is a copy that was mailed to a subscriber and the subscriber label is present and intact.