Fighting he-men from 1950s men's magazine covers collaged into dainty homes from 1950s women's magazines

Photographer Nadine Boughton has a series of collages called "True Adventures in Better Homes" that combine the muscular he-man (and sultry seductress) cover illustrations from 1950s and early 1960s men's magazines (see Mark's Mean Monkey Monday series) with women's magazines from the same period.

Here is a collision of two worlds: men’s adventure magazines or “sweats” meets Better Homes and Gardens. These photocollages are set against the backdrop of the McCarthy era, advertising, sexual repression, WWII and the Korean War. The cool, insular world of mid-century modern living glossed over all danger and darkness, which the heroic male fought off in every corner.

My intention is to show how the inner psyche reflects the culture at large. I am drawn to the tension of opposites: inner and outer spaces, wildness and domesticity, the sweat and the cool. With a background in psychology, I am always interested in what lies beneath appearances. The predator theme so present in the “true” adventures led me to explore “who” or “what” is breaking through. Whether the metaphor is that of bats or whales, this “other” carries not only our deepest fears but our deepest desires. We meet ourselves.

True Adventures in Better Homes


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  1. I remember reading old issues of Argosy in the bathtub, not that there was anything pornographic about it. 

  2. What  innovative collages :) I love the juxtaposition of the Better Homes and Gardens backdrops with the 1950’s sailors and temptresses. 

  3. In the late 1970s I was at Laney college in Oakland and met Vaughn Bode’s (National Lampoon) brother who was studying art. He did a perfect knock-off of a Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover. It was the family at Thanksgiving. They were all nude.

  4. My Mum often opined that men were just like animals.
    She was obviously right as wild boars, monkeys, baboons, jungle cats and snakes seem to really like hot chicks too!

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