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!
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)
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!
Hi there! It’s me, your lying liar librarian on fire who’s terrible at keeping promises! I promised you all College Humor last week but in the interest of time, work productivity, and my post-vacation mental recovery, I’m going to have to … Continue reading Old Magazines: Bonus Features
Hey everyone! It’s me, not delivering what I promised last week. Having a cold and staying home from the archive to keep my plague from spreading unfortunately cuts me off from accessing the fun stuff like old Playboy magazines and whathaveyou. Thankfully … Continue reading Let’s Read Life Magazine from 1945!
Welcome to the second half of the WWII-era magazine review! Last week was a working-class general interest magazine from 1941, when America was on the brink of war and desperately itching for a reason to go. This week we’re looking … Continue reading Let’s Read Harper’s Bazaar from 1942!
For this week and next week, I will be spotlighting the great era of American print journalism during World War II. I say “great” in part because of the outstanding quality of art, prose, and intellectualism that the magazines of … Continue reading Let’s Read Liberty Magazine from 1941!