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Magazine Art

Magazines shaped our lives, and the rest is history.

The great illustrators of the period 1850-1950 had a tremendous influence on us and the rest of the world. One of the most popular ways they presented their work was as the cover art for the mass and specialist magazines that were published under thousands of titles and in millions and millions of copies. We know today of Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, but there were hundreds and thousands of other artists whose work is now forgotten except by collectors and specialists. Some have been honored by art books about their work, but most are now simply unknown to the general public.

One reason for this undeserved obscurity is that their work is quite difficult to find. Bound volumes of these magazines, both in libraries and in the hands of private collectors, usually do not include the covers, for reasons we today find hard to imagine. You must look for individual copies of these magazines, sold as collector's items and available in variable condition. Old magazines turn up regularly on eBay and in shops, but they are expensive, and it is difficult to find, analyze, and store them in one's home. Hence MagazineArt.org.

We scan and photograph magazine covers from this era: as many as we can find, of whatever subject matter. The only requirement is that the issue must -have- a cover design. We prefer the ones that change from issue to issue, but we'll record them even if they simply list the contents of the magazine. We've had images donated, and we've picked them up where we can. At this time we have thousands of them, many of them suitable for display but all requiring some processing in Photoshop before they are presentable.

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Happy couple holding hands, blowing horns, and welcoming in the Happy New Year. Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Humor Magazines, Judge, holiday, confetti, noise, celebration
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- James Montgomery Flagg
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Portrait of Carole Lombard. Content: "The Romantic Love Story of Jeanette MacDonald and Gene Raymond." Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Movies, TV, and Radio Magazines, Photoplay, movies, romance, films, scandal
Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Mary Conti, JMF Collector Image Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Life, the humor magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Collector, author, bookseller and publisher John D. Squires Image Processing by: magscanner Our Sponsors:
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Sunday Magazine, James Montgomery Flagg, Sunday, fortune, cruise, travel
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- James Montgomery Flagg
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The German Kaiser, drawn as a pig, is reaching into the jar of Russian Honey but not finding what he likes, as the war on the Eastern Front is not going well: "The Hun and the Honey-Pot--He Can't Even Get His Paw Out!" Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Judge, world war one, military, diplomacy, Central Powers, Germany, Russia
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- James Montgomery Flagg
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Young woman in sailor suit. Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Humor Magazines, Judge, sea, ahoy, matey, hi there sailor
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- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Mary Conti, JMF Collector Image Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Life, the humor magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
Magazine Art
- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Woman giving her horse a lump of sugar to eat. "Does Al Smith Hold the Winning Cards?" by Jay Franklin. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- Leslie Thrasher
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Heavily tattooed sword-swallower Prof. Zobo demonstrates his craft at what looks like a country fair or circus sideshow. Content: "Show Girl in Society," by J. P. McEvoy. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, danger, sharp, knife, knives, tattoos, awe, skill
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- Leslie Thrasher
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Poppa's far away and talking to Baby on the telephone; it's not quite clear whether he's angry or happy that Mama has put the kid in place. Content: "Show girl in Hollywood," by J. P. McEvoy. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, communication, family, kid
Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Mary Conti, JMF Collector Image Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Life, the humor magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Collector, author, bookseller and publisher John D. Squires Image Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Sunday Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- Leslie Thrasher
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Young woman in maid's costume holds a photo of Jimmie Durante to her heart while she stands under the mistletoe. "The Private Life of Jimmie Durante," by Clara Beranger, and "Is England Forming an Alliance with Japan?" by Col. Edward M. House. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- James Montgomery Flagg
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Winged messenger, maybe Mercury, has to stop and pump up the flat tire on his modern automobile, in this "Buzz-Wagon Number." Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Tom Harris, collector/seller, on eBay as tabasco_life Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Life, the humor magazine, cars, message, speed, delay
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- James Montgomery Flagg
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Portrait of Norma Shearer. Content: "Sylvia Returns to Restore You to Beauty." Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Movies, TV, and Radio Magazines, Photoplay, appearance, secrets, movies, film
Magazine Art
- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- James Montgomery Flagg
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Portrait of Joan Crawford. Content: "The Exciting Inside Story of Margaret Sullavan's Marriage," by Adela Rogers St. Johns, and "The Madcap Love of the Errol Flynns." Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Movies, TV, and Radio Magazines, Photoplay, scandal, movies, romance
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- Leslie Thrasher
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Young man burst through the top of the waves, grinning wildly as he swims. Off to the left, and in the lower right, we see the water's foam taking on the shape of women's heads, as if they were water sprites. One should not think too much about the symbolism employed on the cover of a family magazine. "An Unknown Chapter in Great Garbo's Life," by Adela Rogers St. Johns, and "What Republicans Will Do Next," by Senator L. J. Dickinson. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Nancy...
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, swimming, diving, intercourse, thrill
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- Leslie Thrasher
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Young woman, her hair flying in the wind, apparently in the cockpit of a small plane. "When I Take Charge of Germany," -- Hitler shows his hand. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Mary Conti, JMF Collector Image Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Life, the humor magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Mary Conti, JMF Collector Image Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Life, the humor magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
Magazine Art
- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Mary Conti, JMF Collector Image Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Life, the humor magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Mary Conti, JMF Collector Image Restoration: magscanner Our Sponsors:
Topics: Humor Magazines, Life, the humor magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Mary Conti, JMF Collector Image Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Life, the humor magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
Magazine Art
- Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...