Happy fifth anniversary to this feature! WHAT? It’s true! Vogue was founded in 1892 and has a fascinating and long history that you can read all about here on its Wikipedia page. It is currently run by a very scary … Continue reading Let’s Read Vogue, January 1956!
Sugar was a teen magazine based in the UK that ran from 1994 to 2011, and then lived on in some form or another online until going dark in 2016. According to the Sugarscape wikipedia page, “Sugar used explicit sexual … Continue reading Let’s Read Sugar, June 1997!
The American Home magazine appears to have dependably chugged along for about fifty years between the late 1920s and late 1970s without a lot of fuss, but also without much going on to make it a must read. It went … Continue reading Let’s Read The American Home, December 1941!
For a rundown on Bride’s, check out the 1969 issue that I did last year. One generation later, the 80s version is both different and samey. It focuses a lot less on Your Life As A Wife-To-Be, Welcome To The … Continue reading Let’s Read Bride’s Magazine, 1983!
So, to get this out of the way, Girls’ Life has never been affiliated with the Girl Scouts, the way that Boys’ Life has always been the magazine of the Boy Scouts. Someone just thought it was a cute name … Continue reading Let’s Read Girl’s Life, 2004-2006!
So proms…proms are pretty much a North American thing, right? They’re a big end-of-year formal dance for juniors and seniors, but there’s a weird avalanche of expectations and customs you have to adhere to, like buying special flowers and arriving … Continue reading Let’s Read Your Prom, Spring 1990!
Teen Magazine, the most difficult of magazines to Google for relevant research about a specific teen magazine, ran from 1954 to 2009. Yes, it actually ran until 2009, even though I, a voracious consumer of teen magazines from the early … Continue reading Let’s Read Teen, September 1970!
Interview was founded in 1969 by Andy Warhol and his cool art friends to give to other cool art friends as a “look how cool we are” gift, sort of like a zine but with far more pretentious production values … Continue reading Let’s Read Interview, January 1989!
Physical Culture was founded in 1899 by a crazy man named Bernarr Macfadden. Seriously, read his wiki page, it’s incredible. There’s failed cults, buried treasure, people named “Byrnece”, horrible racism, the works. The magazine ran until 1955, when Macfadden died, … Continue reading Let’s Read Physical Culture, October 1940!
Photoplay is considered to be the granddaddy of the film fan magazine, which started in 1911 as a promotional outlet for the film industry. Photoplay initially focused on short stories that were virtually the fan fiction of their time, then … Continue reading Let’s Read Photoplay, September 1979!
Omni was a science and science fiction magazine published from 1978 to 1995. Founded by Penthouse founder Bob Guccione and his wife Kathy Keeton, the magazine published science fiction short stories and a mix of articles on serious science and the paranormal. … Continue reading Let’s Read Omni, July 1985!
Yahoo! Internet Life, a magazine that often reads a lot like an annotated map to a much smaller (and yet somehow bigger) Internet in a time that never was, ran from 1995 to 2002. As the Internet search engine pioneer … Continue reading Let’s Read Yahoo! Internet Life, February 2001!
Due to a sudden health decline of Guest Editor Iggy and an according shift in priorities (nearly all of them involving a new obsession with my cat’s junk), I have been forced to reschedule our previously scheduled magazine write-up. The … Continue reading Old Magazines Is Taking Sick Leave
Dynamite was a children’s magazine published by Scholastic from 1974 to 1992. Notable for being founded by Jenette Kahn, the president of DC Comics for 25 years, the magazine was edited by Jane Stine, wife of R.L, and also contributed … Continue reading Let’s Read Dynamite, April 1979!
Animerica ran from 1992 to 2005 and was one of the most popular anime and manga magazines of its time, running in hard competition with the ultimately more successful Newtype USA as one of the few Japanese animation and pop culture magazines … Continue reading Let’s Read Animerica, January 1999!
Lover has virtually no Internet paper trail, so based on similar magazines like last week’s Petticoat it appears to be a short lived UK magazine targeted at women 18-24 that didn’t survive past the 70s. I broke my elbow last … Continue reading Let’s Read Lover, June 1971!
Petticoat was a short lived (1966-1976) magazine for the swinging London woman! This issue comes to us courtesy of fellow Avocado Ben, who was kind enough to send this and next week’s issue to me all the way from England! … Continue reading Let’s Read Petticoat, April 1972!
Modern Screen, founded in 1930, was a major work of the fan magazine wave that could make or break a burgeoning movie star’s popularity. Tributes to the magazine and its major market rival Photoplay were common sights in classic movies, … Continue reading Let’s Read Modern Screen, April 1955!
Bride’s magazine was the one-stop resource of fantasy wedding planning from 1934 to May 2019 (rip print version). Is anyone’s wedding actually like one of the weddings in the magazine? Probably not. A hefty bimonthly publication that was virtually the … Continue reading Let’s Read Brides, March 1969!
For history of the magazine, check out the Sunset from a few weeks ago. Initially created as a promotional magazine for the Southern Pacific’s Sunset Limited railroad line, the magazine nudged readers to fall in love with the American west. … Continue reading Let’s Read Sunset, March 1905!
The Christian Herald ran from 1878 to 2006. Originally inspired by a British Christian newsletter of the same name, the magazine was at one point the highest circulating religious magazine in America. Along with news of the Evangelical Christian ministries across the globe, the magazine featured original fiction and poetry, homemaking and child rearing interest articles, as well as international Christian-Muslim relations. A platform for appeals to international and domestic charitable causes, the magazine made a name for itself in the interest of charity through summer camps for disadvantaged inner city children. My personal impression of this magazine is that it seems written for the archetypal midcentury progressive Christian, like the image of the kindly granny who spends all her free time knitting socks for babies born to unwed mothers, as someone reads articles from this magazine to her to pass the time. For a good history of The Christian Herald and its lasting impact through Christian summer camps, click here.