Saturday, January 12, 2013

Using Retro 1950s Wire Magazine Racks In Your Art Studio Or Gallery To Display Small Artwork

Atomic Era Magazine Stands Used To Display Small Works Of Art In A Studio Or Gallery

In my Mid Century styled art studio at the Farminton Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT,  smaller works of art  that are not on my gallery wall are displayed in  vintage metal wire magazine racks from the 1950s. These  Atomic era magazine racks  can be found at flea markets, junk stores and antique shops.  So far I own three of these Atomic era magazine racks wh ich have been converted to showcase artwork now.  

These vintage racks work well for smaller pieces of artwork and are lower to the ground that store bought newer versisons. You could however prop these older magazine stands up on a window sill or table.

Antique dealers could also use this idea in a shop to display small vintage artwork or even old magazines.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at Visit my website, Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists


  1. Hi Dianne! Funny you should mention this, as I am , indeed, currently using a vintage magazine rack that I have for sale to display framed prints in my shop booth!
    We've got to use whatever we have, you know?!

  2. Same here. I have a couple that I pulled from my booth a while back. May be time to repurpose them and freshen the look of the booth a bit.