The Advocate was founded in 1967 as a newsletter by the activist’s group PRIDE. Created in response to a police raid on a gay bar called the Black Cat Tavern, the newsletter was sold in gay bars around Los Angeles … Continue reading Let’s Read The Advocate, August 1995!
Fortune was founded in 1929 by that old rascal Henry Luce, and somehow through the power of really really good articles, top visual production, and very high print quality, the magazine managed to not only thrive and survive the Great Depression … Continue reading Let’s Read Fortune, June 1948! (and a special announcement)
Which part of this complete, wholesome dinner represents you best? There comes a time when the forces of personal stress, work stress, planned personal crises, unplanned personal crises, and fun things that you want to do all seem to converge … Continue reading Let’s Read A Thread In Which I Tell You That Old Magazines Will Be Back Next Week
Children, before the invention of the Internet there was a problem that we didn’t know was a problem: being able to learn who That Guy In That Movie was instantly, and trying to figure out The Lady From The Show … Continue reading Let’s Read Teen World, October 1972!
Canadian Homes and Gardens! Like Better Homes and Gardens, but Canadian! Actually, they were an entirely independently conceived magazine that ran from 1925 to 1962 by Canadian media conglomerate McLean-Hunter. From 1962 to 1978, the magazine was known as Canadian … Continue reading Let’s Read Canadian Homes and Gardens, August 1956!
Family Circle has been in print since 1932 as one of the “Seven Sisters” of American housewife-targeted magazines. As is par for the course, the magazine most heavily marketed to women didn’t actually get a female editor until 1985, and … Continue reading Let’s Read Family Circle, December 1962!
O, or The Oprah Magazine for the purposes of not getting it mixed up with some German bondage smut, was launched in 2000 as a companion magazine to the Oprah show. If you know the talk show, you know what … Continue reading Let’s Read O Magazine, December 2000!
Psychology Today was founded in 1967 by a young doctor named Nicholas Charney, seeking to make psychology more accessible to people without Ph. D’s who were curious about how their minds worked. Topics range from neuroscience to psychology to sexuality, … Continue reading Let’s Read Psychology Today, December 1970!
Not that long ago we went through a different issue of California, so to recap: California began life in 1976 as New West, a lifestyle and general interest magazine aimed at the glamorous young people who were moving to California, Nevada, Utah, and … Continue reading Let’s Read California, December 1986!
We’ve already been through a McCall’s before, so if you want to know the magazine’s detailed history you can read about it from the first time around. So, 1915. Europe is in bloody smoking mustard-scented shreds. The American public is … Continue reading Let’s Read McCall’s, December 1915!
What to say about Good Housekeeping? Been around for a zillion years, didn’t have a woman in charge until 1994, published by Hearst, still in print, will probably never die, blah blah let’s get to it. Cover by Alexander Sharpe … Continue reading Let’s Read Good Housekeeping, December 1953!
Time has been running steadily as one of the world’s most popular and influential magazines since its creation in 1923. Founded by Henry Luce, a man with far too much money and power, and his buddy Briton, a man who died … Continue reading Let’s Read Time, April 1999!
Us magazine, while perfectly fine in what it does, is not really the most groundbreaking of publications. I think of it as basically People with a slightly bigger budget. It covers the same things – movie and music reviews, celebrities, … Continue reading Let’s Read Us, June 1983!
Junior Scholastic launched in 1937 as an offshoot of Scholastic, a now-obscure kid’s magazine founded by the man who would go on to establish the Scholastic publishing empire. The magazine presents general interest topics with a strong focus on current events. The … Continue reading Let’s Read Junior Scholastic, February 1957!
Once upon a time, in a magical age known as The 80s, Children’s Television Workshop produced a magazine that was written expressly for adolescent computer nerds. It was called Enter. It lasted seventeen issues. The tween computer geek demographic of … Continue reading Let’s Read 3-2-1 Contact, January/July 1994!
There isn’t that much to uncover in the history of People magazine – or if there is, the staff associated with the magazine have done a tremendous job of keeping quiet during its nearly 45 years of unchecked popularity. Founded in … Continue reading Let’s Read People, October 8 1979!
Fortean Times is a British paranormal magazine named for the American author Charles Fort, who was one of the first popular writers on the subject of anomalous phenomena, more commonly known as the paranormal or “the unexplained” (but anomalous phenomena just … Continue reading Let’s Read Fortean Times, June/July 2001!
Modern Priscilla ran from 1887 to 1930, as a staple hobby and homemaking magazine that focused heavily on needlework and fashion design. This is a homemaking magazine for middle-class women who have the time to make things like tatted lace and … Continue reading Let’s Read Modern Priscilla, August 1920!
Old Magazine thread will be back on October 5 with Modern Priscilla. Assuming I don’t…you know…in the meantime. So, uh…got anything cool and old you wanna show off in the comments? Continue reading Old Magazine Thread Is Being Eaten By Bears
In last week’s teaser for this week’s thread, I said that The American was a short lived magazine. Boy, was I wrong. This sucker ran for 50 years. 1906-1956! And it was founded by Ida frickin’ Tarbell! (and some other people … Continue reading Let’s Read The American, June 1940!
Cinefantastique ran from 1967 to 2007 in various incarnations, from humble beginnings as a mimeographed fanzine to a legitimate quarterly publication in 1970, then online in 2006, and as of 2007 it lives on as a cherished memory in the hearts … Continue reading Let’s Read Cinefantastique, April 1993!