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Modern Teen was a monthly American magazine targeting working-class teens.[1] The magazine was in circulation during the 1950s and 1960s.

Modern Teen
CompanyTeenage Publications
CountryUnited States

History and profileEdit

Modern Teen, published circa 1957–1965, was one of the first magazines aimed at a teenage audience. The magazine was published by Kimzey Publications headed by Lou Kimzey who also edited it.[2] Chic Stone acted as artistic director. Dick D'Agostin served as editor of the dance column. Covers often featured popular musicians and actors such as Elvis Presley and Sandra Dee. Its headquarters was in Hollywood, California.[2]

Commenting on Modern Teen, Dig, and other publications that became popular in the 1950s, a contemporary sociologist writes "In sharp contrast with the moralistic flavor of earlier youth magazines, the post-war group is distinguished by its portrayal of hedonistic values within an essentially amoral setting: the teen years are not ones of preparation for responsible adulthood, but of play and diversion."[3] The magazines were alternatives to middle-class messages of Seventeen.[1]


  1. ^ a b Jane Greer (2003). Girls and Literacy in America: Historical Perspectives to the Present. ABC-CLIO. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-57607-666-8. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Modern Teen: July, 1957". Abe Books. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  3. ^ England Jr., Ralph W. (1960). "A Theory of Middle Class Juvenile Delinquency". The Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology, and Police Science..