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!
Vanity Fair started in its earliest incarnation as Dress in 1913, one of Mr. Conde Nast himself’s first magazines. It had its ups and downs, eventually being absorbed into Vogue in the 30s and then revived as its own publication again … Continue reading Let’s Read Vanity Fair, September 1988!
Good afternoon, everyone. I’m LibraryLass, filling in this week on Let’s Read an Old Magazine. Dragon Magazine (later just Dragon), along with its sister publication Dungeon, for many years formed the in-house arm of TSR, promoting not only D&D … Continue reading Let’s Read Dragon, April 2004
Ms. magazine was founded by Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes in 1971 as the first national feminist magazine. More than just covering the hot-button topics of the feminist movement, Ms. published celebrity interviews, fiction, children’s interest, health news, and … Continue reading Let’s Read Ms. Magazine, June 1974!
Town, or Man About Town as it was sometimes called, had a decade-plus run of being an extraordinarily influential British men’s style magazine. Founded in 1952 with an irreverent tone to cover subjects of interest to aspiring playboys, the magazine promoted … Continue reading Let’s Read Town, December 1963!
Tatler was started as a weekly society and gossip magazine in 1901, and has had its ups and downs with popularity. After weathering a scandal in the mid 70s in which the editor admitted to routinely falsifying the magazine’s circulation … Continue reading Let’s Read Tatler, November 1960!
Rolling Stone. It’s been around forever. It’s neither named for the band nor the Bob Dylan song, but at the same time it kind of is. That’s kind of all there is to it. What is there to say? It’s such … Continue reading Let’s Read Rolling Stone, February 10, 1994!
Sassy, commonly known by generation X girls as The Greatest Teen Girl Magazine of All Time, ran from 1988 to 1994. Founded by unstoppable force Jane Pratt and staffed by a handful of indie music enthusiasts, Sassy reached out to the crowd who … Continue reading Let’s Read Sassy, December 1988!
Hey friends, I’ll be back with Sassy in a week! In the meantime, check out Zoot Koomie’s excellent scans of Soviet Russia Today from 1935! It features some amazing art, classic 1930s art deco graphic design, crazy propaganda, wacky political cartoons, fanatical hatred of William … Continue reading Let’s Do Something Else Because Old Magazines Is On Vacation!