Mystery Date

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Mystery DateIssue 1 1994Cover design by Lynn Peril
Mystery Date
Issue 1 1994
Cover design by Lynn Peril

Mystery Date "One Gal's Guide to Good Stuff', is the zine from Lynn Peril from San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.

Mystery Date first appeared in 1994. It is 8.5" X 11" folded in half, photocopied with a color cover. The title comes from a popular 1960s board game for girls. Lynn Peril utilizes old etiquette and beauty publications, home economics textbooks, self help guides from the 1950s, and other graphics from the past for the layout and themes for her zines.

Issue #6 included a story about bra shopping by Candi Strecker, editor of Sidney Suppey's Quarterly & Confused Pet Monthly, plus articles on the history of the bra, the world of feminine hygiene, and an overview of celebrity advice guides for teens.

Other issues featured articles on sex education records, books on Jayne Mansfield, and Lynn Peril's own experiences as a platinum blonde. The topics often relate to gender roles.

Mystery Date is included in the West Coast Zine Collection at San Diego State University.

In 2002, Lynn Peril released her first book "Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons", published by W.W. Norton and Co. She also writes a column for Bust Magazine.

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