#ThrowbackThursday: Old-School Ads in Writer’s Digest

Writer’s Digest has been around for nearly 97 years—which means that developments in technology and shifts in culture have, in many ways, wildly altered the litterateur landscape. (Some things, though, like pen, paper, and a good ol’ copy of White’s Elements of Style, never go out of fashion.) For this week’s blast from the past, we curated some of our favorite advertisements from past issues of WD.


Not something we’d continue to endorse, no matter how Hemingway-esque it’d make you feel. (From a 1961 issue.)


From our former “Personal Ads” section, circa 1942. No details on if it also gave you the lowdown on the hoedown.


“Personal Ads,” circa 1939. 50 cents a problem.

If Jack London said it, IT MUST BE SO. We obviously still stand by this. (From our 1925 issue.)


Back in January 1925, they had no IDEA what speed was.


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Baihley Grandison is the assistant editor of Writer’s Digest and a freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @baihleyg, where she mostly tweets about writing (Team Oxford Comma!), food (HUMMUS FOR PRESIDENT, PEOPLE), and Random Conversations With Her Mother.

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