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.
Sunset magazine has been around a long time. Like, a long time. I was under the impression that it had grown out of a carefully maintained patch of ivy in someone’s perpetually remodeled natural wood patio sometime around 1972, but … Continue reading Let’s Read Sunset, June 1978!
France, an English language tourism magazine, has been published quarterly by The French-American Cultural Foundation since 1985. It has a curiously familiar tone, as if the intended audience has already been there and intends to visit semi regularly. It also … Continue reading Let’s Read France, Summer 1988!
Chatelaine, a long-running Canadian women’s general interest magazine, was founded in 1928 under Maclean Publishing, the same media giant that ran Canadian Homes and Gardens, among other magazines. The magazine’s name, which was suggested by a reader in a contest, … Continue reading Let’s Read Chatelaine, August 1967!
The official magazine of the Girl Scouts of America was founded in 1917 as The Rally and changed to The American Girl in 1920. Maybe they didn’t want their magazine associated with political grandstanding or something – the 1920s were … Continue reading Let’s Read American Girl, July 1967!
Cat Fancy, the “magazine for responsible cat owners”, has been published in some form or another since 1965, currently running as a bimonthly renamed in 2015 to Catster (I know, it’s terrible). Click here for a great article about what happened … Continue reading Let’s Read Cat Fancy, December 1988!
Deadline grew out of the alternative comics anthology Strange Days, both created at least in part by 2000 AD creator Brett Ewins. Founded in 1988 by Ewins and Steve Dillon, Deadline published underground comics like Tank Girl and Milk and … Continue reading Let’s Read Deadline UK, Summer 1994!
Parade is a newspaper magazine that has been distributed with Sunday edition newspapers nationwide since 1941. Originally created as a supplement to the Chicago Sun, Parade was an instant smash hit and was purchased by the New York Herald Tribune in … Continue reading Let’s Read Parade, May 1957!
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!