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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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Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Apr 1, 1970
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Artist: Source: Vintage Magazine Seller ephemeraforever.com Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
Sep 1, 1969
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Photographs for "The Fate of Michael Rockefeller" including "The Man Who Killed Him," and "The Priest Who Confirmed It." Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Argosy, the best-known general-fiction pulp, exploration, death, murder,...
Magazine Art
Dec 1, 1967
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Oct 1, 1967
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Artist: Source: Vintage Magazine Seller ephemeraforever.com Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
Oct 1, 1967
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Sep 1, 1967
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Aug 1, 1967
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Artist: Source: Vintage Magazine Seller ephemeraforever.com Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
Aug 1, 1967
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Jul 1, 1967
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Jun 1, 1967
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Artist: Source: Vintage Magazine Seller ephemeraforever.com Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
Apr 1, 1967
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Graphic layout based on the Union Jack and a locket picture of Horation Hornblower for "C. S. Forester's Last Hornblower Story," and "A Mike Shayne Mystery," "Sea Devil von Luckner," by Lowell Thomas, and "Giant of Adventure." Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Argosy, the best-known general-fiction pulp, Napoleonic Wars, navy, sea,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Oct 1, 1966
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Artist: Source: Vintage Magazine Seller ephemeraforever.com Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Aug 1, 1966
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives Restoration by: ThomasC
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Jun 1, 1966
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Artist: Source: Vintage Magazine Seller ephemeraforever.com Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Apr 1, 1966
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives Restoration by: ThomasC
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
1966
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Lions attack fake zebra which contains wildlife photographer. Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Argosy, the best-known general-fiction pulp, nature, photography, danger
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Oct 1, 1965
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Artist: Source: Vintage Magazine Seller ephemeraforever.com Restoration: magscanner Artist: Source: Magazine seller ephemeraforever.com Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Aug 1, 1965
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Man with gun on woman as they stand at the prow of a boat. Hitler is Alive! Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
May 1, 1965
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Apr 1, 1965
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Artist: Source: Vintage Magazine Seller ephemeraforever.com Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
Apr 1, 1965
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Mar 1, 1965
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Nov 1, 1964
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Oct 1, 1964
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Skull and artifacts from a Mayan tomb. Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
Sep 1, 1964
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Dec 1, 1962
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Nov 1, 1962
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Oct 1, 1962
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Sep 1, 1962
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Aug 1, 1962
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives Restoration by: ThomasC
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
Aug 1, 1962
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Jul 1, 1962
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Jun 1, 1962
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
May 1, 1962
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Apr 1, 1962
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Mar 1, 1962
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Feb 1, 1962
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives Restoration by: ThomasC
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
Feb 1, 1962
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Feb 1, 1962
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Hunters climb up the face of a mountain to confront an angry bear. Oddball gun collecting. Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Argosy, the best-known general-fiction pulp, danger, thrill, firearms
Magazine Art
1962
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Dec 1, 1960
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives Restoration by: ThomasC
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
Oct 1, 1960
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Diver shows off gold coins and jewelry found in an undersea wreck. Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Argosy, the best-known general-fiction pulp, rich, wealth, fortune,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Apr 1, 1960
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives Restoration by: ThomasC
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Feb 1, 1960
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives Restoration by: ThomasC
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
1960
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Restored antique automobile. Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Argosy, the best-known general-fiction pulp, classic, retro, steamer
Magazine Art
Oct 1, 1959
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"I Sailed a Dhow from Zanzibar," on cover; view from deck of the dhow. Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Argosy, the best-known general-fiction pulp, Africa, small boat, sailing
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Jun 1, 1959
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives Restoration by: ThomasC
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Feb 1, 1959
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives Restoration by: ThomasC
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Dec 1, 1958 Doug Rosa
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Artist: Doug Rosa Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
Aug 1, 1958 Stanley Meltzoff
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Portrait of Lowell Thomas, "Giant of Adventure." Artist: Stanley Meltzoff Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Argosy, the best-known general-fiction pulp, exploration, danger, writer
Magazine Art
Feb 1, 1958
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Oct 1, 1957
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Aug 1, 1957 Thomas Beechem
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Artist: Thomas Beechem Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Jun 1, 1957
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives Restoration by: ThomasC
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Feb 1, 1957
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives Restoration by: ThomasC
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Dec 1, 1956 Robert E. Schulz
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Artist: Robert E. Schulz Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Oct 1, 1956 Mort Kunstler
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Artist: Mort Kunstler Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
Oct 1, 1956
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Mountain lion following your tracks through the snow, confronts you as you turn around. "Commander Crabb's Strange Dive," and "We Caught the White Ghost." Items by Pete Kuhlhoff, Larry Koller, Elmer Keith, and others. Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Argosy, the best-known general-fiction pulp, attack, danger, prey, predator
Magazine Art
Sep 1, 1956
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Mitzi Gaynor Source: eBay seller unclecrickey, via Croaker
Topics: Men's Magazines, See, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art
Jul 1, 1956
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Jayne Mansfield Source: eBay Sellers via Croaker
Topics: Men's Magazines, See, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art
Jun 1, 1956 Kuhn [?]
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Huge bear lifting up a rock in a mountainous area; in the distance, men with rifles take aim at him. "American's Most Dangerous Game," "The Hood Too Hot to Handle," "Small Boat Vacations," and "Shooting the Wild Colorado." Artist: Kuhn [?] Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Argosy, the best-known general-fiction pulp, hunting, danger, wildlife,...
Magazine Art
May 1, 1956
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Joan Collins Source: eBay Sellers via Croaker
Topics: Men's Magazines, See, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art
Mar 1, 1956
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Gina Lollobrigida Source: eBay seller unclecrickey, via Croaker
Topics: Men's Magazines, See, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art
1956
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Source: eBay seller unclecrickey, via Croaker
Topics: Men's Magazines, See, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art
Nov 1, 1955
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Jeanne Crain Source: eBay Sellers via Croaker
Topics: Men's Magazines, See, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
Oct 1, 1955
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives Restoration by: ThomasC
Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
Sep 1, 1955
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Terry Moore Source: eBay seller unclecrickey, via Croaker
Topics: Men's Magazines, See, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art
Jul 1, 1955
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Marilyn Monroe Source: eBay seller unclecrickey, via Croaker
Topics: Men's Magazines, See, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art
May 1, 1955
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Ava Gardner Source: eBay Sellers via Croaker
Topics: Men's Magazines, See, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art
Mar 1, 1955
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Two elk fight, antler to antler; around them, three wolves wait in hope of getting some of the loser of the battle. "The Shocking Revelations of a Top U. S. Secret Agent," by Robert Deindorfer; and item by Erle Stanley Gardner. Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Argosy, the best-known general-fiction pulp, dominance, territory, mating
Magazine Art
Mar 1, 1955
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Gina Lollobrigida Source: eBay seller unclecrickey, via Croaker
Topics: Men's Magazines, See, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art
Feb 1, 1955
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Artist: Source: unclecrickey Restoration: Partial
Topics: Western Pulps, Famous Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
1955
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Jane Russell Source: eBay seller unclecrickey, via Croaker Source: eBay seller unclecrickey, via Croaker
Topics: Men's Magazines, See, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art
1955
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Sexology, Gernsback's serious magazine about Sex, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
Dec 1, 1954
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Artist: Source: unclecrickey Restoration: Partial
Topics: Western Pulps, Famous Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...