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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Mad Magazine started out in 1952 as one of many new and radical titles pumped out of a floundering educational comic book company, tossed suddenly into the lap of the late founder’s son who never intended to be part of his … Continue reading Let’s Read Mad Magazine, October 1976!
GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly) started in 1931 as Apparel Arts, a trade magazine that catered to clothing wholesalers, but it started to accumulate a following outside of the industry so dedicated that the publisher created Esquire magazine as a result. Between the 50s and … Continue reading Let’s Read GQ, September 1979!
Planète magazine and its little brother, Le Nouveau Planète, were French periodicals published between 1961 and 1971 by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier. Those two were the authors of a book called Le Matin des Magiciens (The Dawn of Magic … Continue reading Planète: Let’s Read a Crazy Old French Magazine
How you used to find stuff to watch on TV in a pre-cable world: you channel surfed through all eight channels on your TV (maybe you had a few more with a separate “rabbit ears” antenna on top of the … Continue reading Let’s Read TV Guide, March 1976!
McCall’s: you know it as a sewing pattern company today, but for over a century it was considered one of the most influential and important women’s magazines on the market. It also happened to make bank on sewing patterns that … Continue reading Let’s Read McCall’s, December 1971
Ladies Home Journal has been in print since 1883 and was founded by Louisa Knapp Curtis, whose original column in a broader interest magazine edited by her husband had grown to support its own feature. (You can find digitized full … Continue reading Let’s Read Ladies Home Journal, October 1975