11 Depressing and Hilarious Guideposts Covers
A heap of old Guideposts
Date: 70s through the 90s
Publisher: Ruth Stafford Peale and Norman Vincent Peale
This Cover Says: "Amy Grant: The First Story in Our Series on Loneliness"
Actual Guideposts Article Titles: "The April Fool Chickens" (April, 1985); "My Back Seat Victory" (June 1973); "What Happens When Love Fails" and "Attacked By Killer Bees!" (July, 1995); "How to Say Nay to Nagging" (April, 1986); "Bob Hope: Ambassador of Love and Laughter" (January, 1980); "The Secret of Mama's Mattress" (February, 1973); "I Always Wanted Curly Hair" (February, 1985)
Like a stiff Shirley Temple after a long day's toil, Norman Vincent Peale's Guideposts magazine takes the edge off American life through dogged wholesomeness. For 67 years, now, the monthly pamphlet has soften life's sharp edges with a layer of ecumenical Nerf. In the 1973 story "How to Handle a Lousy Job," about grinding through days filling up pricey cars at a service station, the narrator concludes, vaguely, that "I've got a lot going for me, thanks to God. And to me life is just wonderful."
The idea that it's better to smile your way through hardship rather than, say, demand social change is Guidepost's hallmark. I use "hallmark" advisedly. Next to Guideposts, Hallmark is the the province of whores and God-haters.
Anyway, as most of us enter the eleventeenth year of the Reagan depression, most Americans could use a little of that Guideposts spirit, which reminds us each month that our biggest problem isn't that life is brutish and unfair. Instead, it's that we fail to be as upbeat about that brutishness as the people in Guideposts.
Your Crap Archivist recently lucked into a pile of back issues. Here's the highlights, starting with the covers.
Guideposts occasionally indulged in a sexy tease cover.
Some of the people on the cover of Guideposts look as if they wish they were anyplace else:
Next: Celebrities! And the slow gains of women in society!