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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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Woman dressed like a circus performer jumping onto two hanging rings as for an acrobatic display. "About the Murder of the Circus Queen," by anthony Abbot. 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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Young woman holding a tennis racket. "Will Japan Try to Conquer the United States?" by General William Mitchell. 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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Woman with long, pre-Raphaelite hair, wearing a low-top peasant blouse. "Why American Mothers Demand Repeal!" by Mrs. Charles H. Sabin. 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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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...
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Man in French Foreign Legion uniform, even with the shade hat, talking to a woman in a peasant blouse. "The Election -- an Intrepretation," by President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, and serial "Hell Hounds" about the Foreign Legion. 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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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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"The girl next door" is putting a letter into a letter box, and a couple is staring at her sullenly from a nearby window. Content: "Why Tunney Retired from the Ring." Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Young blonde woman in yellow shirt and orange tie. Content: "Wives of Great Men," by Mrs. Franklin d. Roosevelt. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, portrait
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Facial portrait, three-quarter shot, of a woman driving a car and focusing entirely on doing it. "Why I Will Not Marry," by Great Garbo. 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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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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Portrait of a woman with dark hair. "The New Racketeer--America's Greatest Danger," by Will Irwin. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...