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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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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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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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Guard has fallen asleep after lunch, a small ct in his lap, but a woman staring at him from inside her basement window is waving something like a brush or a coal shovel. Content: "The Private Life and Loves of Max Baer," and "Why We Must Have a Navy Second to None," by Secretary Claude A. Swanson. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, police, danger, sleep, failure, goldbricking,...