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!
Backpacker Magazine was founded in 1973 by William Kemsley, a seasoned hiker and naturalist who saw the rise of hiking and backpacking culture that was revived from the 1910s and 20s after the creation of the National Trails System Act … Continue reading Let’s Read Backpacker Magazine, June 1979!
Better Homes and Gardens was founded in 1922 as Fruit, Garden, and Home by Woodrow Wilson’s former Secretary of Agriculture, magazine mogul Edwin Thomas Meredith. The first editor was the author Chesla C. Sherlock, who guided the magazine through the transition … Continue reading Let’s Read Better Homes and Gardens, February 1929!
If you missed my update last week, I decided for ethical reasons not to do Outdoor Life because after looking through it the magazine was more like Outdoor Murder. It’s been a rough enough couple of weeks without my having to write … Continue reading Let’s Read Life Magazine, January 4, 1937!
Cavalier was launched in 1952 and is…technically still running, or maybe it just has a really enthusiastic Facebook page dedicated to promoting both its history and the ongoing coverage of nearly naked women in Florida (don’t open that at work). … Continue reading Let’s Read Cavalier, April 1965! (Work Safe)
Young and Modern, or YM, was one of the longest running magazines in the teenage girl market. It definitley lacked the polished All American Girl appeal of Seventeen, and as it focused heavily on subjects like dating and dieting, it knew … Continue reading Let’s Read YM, April 1997!
So you’re a person who has decided between the price of buying a decent used car or buying your own computer in 1993. You weigh your options and decide that you’re cool with still taking the bus for a while. … Continue reading Let’s Read Wired, September 1993!
We looked at a Seventeen from the 90s a little while ago, and it was a lot of fun – so let’s take a look at Seventeen from a far less female-empowered, far more pink-tinted and soft-focused world and see how things … Continue reading Let’s Read Seventeen, November 1962!
Ebony Magazine was launched in 1945 by John H. Johnson, with help from his wife Eunice Johnson. While it was not the first magazine published specifically for the African-American audience, it was the most successful and has run in print … Continue reading Let’s Read Ebony, October 1975!