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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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39 home workshop projects; complete plans for 15 foot canoe. Source: Grenville Abernethy, who sells on eBay as banjoflier, and has an eBay store as "model aviation magazines".
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Mechanix Illustrated, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Jet-propelled racer seen at speed on the sand at the beach, article by Captain Eddie Rickenbacker. Artist: Source: The Gerik family of Lawton, Oklahoma Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Mechanix Illustrated, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Toy invention! Big money for home workshop fans. Man with wooden animals, including a Donald Duck (wonder if he licensed it?) Source: Grenville Abernethy, who sells on eBay as banjoflier, and has an eBay store as "model aviation magazines".
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Mechanix Illustrated, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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"Changing lights play color harmonies" in an illuminated fountain worthy of Las Vegas. This magazine is still being published! You can subscribe to SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, or to SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND. You should also look at the books they have published.
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, display, beauty, show
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by Alexander Leydenfrost
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Angry Japanese pilot about to throw a bomb at you for making his plane crash in the jungle -- classically racist WW2 propaganda image, but then we have always been at war with Eastasia, and at the time we were pictured in similar fashion in Japan. "Japs Rely on Secret Superplanes for Last-Ditch Stand," and "Pepped-Up Gas Will Give Your Postwar Car More Power." Artist: Alexander Leydenfrost Source: The Gerik family of Lawton, Oklahoma Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Science Monthly, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Are air races the bunk, by Lee Gehlback, No. 1 test pilot. Source: Grenville Abernethy, who sells on eBay as banjoflier, and has an eBay store as "model aviation magazines".
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Mechanix Illustrated, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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The Lightning P-38, 458 mph and props turn in opposite directions. "Our Secret Navy" -- America's ghost fleet now haunts the seas. Source: Horton Family, Noblesville, Indiana Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Mechanix Illustrated, World War Two, WW2, aircraft, military,...
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Scientific sport, six-man football. Free flight to Hollywood for "Men with Wings" contest. Source: Grenville Abernethy, who sells on eBay as banjoflier, and has an eBay store as "model aviation magazines".
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Mechanix Illustrated, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Man working on metal on a lathe. "Profitable metal spinning on a wood lathe." Artist: Source: eBay seller banjoflier
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Science and Mechanics / Everyday Science and Mechanics, magazine...
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Tractor hauling a Grumman F7F Tigercat, folding wings for storage. Also: "Amino Acids -- New Miracle of Medicine," "Postwar Houseboat from Army Landing Craft," and "How Color Photography Works." Source: Horton Family, Noblesville, Indiana Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Mechanix Illustrated, aircraft, fighter, carrier, drugs, DNA,...
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Helicopter shown bringing construction beams into place, a new technology for 1948: "Helicopter Sky Hook." Also, "Science Transplants Unborn Babies," and "Secrets of Muroc -- Greatest Air Base in the World." Source: Horton Family, Noblesville, Indiana Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Mechanix Illustrated, building, civil engineering, bridges, air...
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Piper Skysedan small airplane, flying the countryside; build a gas model of it. Also: "Is There a Super Atom Bomb?" and "Full Color Pictures of Your Digestive System." Source: Horton Family, Noblesville, Indiana Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Mechanix Illustrated, modeling, flying, personal, hydrogen bomb,...
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by Frank R. Paul
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Man using motorized grinder on his work bench. Neat metal lathe on table. "Build this lathe with few tools for $5.00." Artist: Frank R. Paul Source: eBay seller banjoflier
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Science and Mechanics / Everyday Science and Mechanics, magazine...
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by Stewart Rouse
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An ultralight plane with an amateur pilot, "An Aerocycle," is unfortunately paired with the article "How Many Will Die flying the Atlantic This Season?" Artist: Stewart Rouse Source: Photographer PopKulture Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Mechanics / Mechanix, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Simple design for the first (almost a fanzine!) issue of QST. This cover was used for the next couple of issues, and then began to morph into a variety of styles and designs. Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, QST, the Ham Radio magazine from the A.R.R.L., magazine covers,...
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"Dispatchers of highway traffic: New York's traffic towers in operation" -- as seen from inside the passenger compartment of a taxicab. This magazine is still being published! You can subscribe to SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, or to SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND. You should also look at the books they have published.
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, travel, commute, city
We date this guide to 1922, based on the ads for two Gernsback magazines on the back cover. Complete diagrams and construction data, by R. Lacault, associate editor, RADIO NEWS. Note that this was published by the Electro Importing Co., Gernsback's radio business. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Gernsback's Other Radio Titles, transmitter, receiver, old-time...
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by Walt Disney Studios
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Artist: Walt Disney Studios Source: eBay seller banjoflier
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Mechanics / Mechanix, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Modern cowboy riding a motorcycle through the western desert, lassoing coyotes for fun: "Cowboy's New Sport." Artist: Source: the Antique Paper Shop Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Illustrated World, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Mechanics magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Howard V. Brown
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Recording results of scientific breeding. Modern farm management. Increased livestock quality, performance, yield. Artist: Howard V. Brown Source: Steve Kirch, collector, and creator of this website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, pasture, ranch, production, volume
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Mechanics magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Waller Parker
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Man in his personal workshop examining the roundness of a disk he's been making. "Pattern Making for the Amateur Mechanic." Artist: Waller Parker Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Everyday Mechanics / Everyday Engineering, tools, garage,...
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Radio News for May 1925
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Radio News, a Gernsback popular radio magazine, magazine covers,...
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Unhappy radio experimenter is having problems, but his friend is pointing out what needs to be changed; you can depend on your neighbors, as "the next-door 'wireless expert' turns trouble into joy." Edison on future marvels of radio and science. Fiftieth Anniversary issue of Popular Science Monthly. Artist: Source: Robert, KD4HSH Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Science Monthly, debug, assistance, community, problems,...
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Scientific fiction number. "The Man from the Atom." Man in space suit traveling through space, surrounded by metaphorical planets. Artist: Source: PulpCovers.com, by arrangement Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Science and Invention, a Gernsback technical magazine, magazine...
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by Raymond Cornell
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Santa Claus talks to the eager recipients via radio. "Let our hook-ups be your guide." Artist: Raymond Cornell Source: Robert, KD4HSH Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Radio Age, Christmas, holiday, gift, new
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Engineering features of 1937 Auto Marvels. "Trapping Enemy Spies," by Thomas M. Johnson. Artist: Source: Eric Hall Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Mechanics / Mechanix, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Clarence Rowe
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Radio listener is fascinated by the football game he's listening to on his radio set. "How to 'Tune Up' Your Car and Double Your Mileage." "Jack Binns' ten commandments for success with your radio set." Artist: Clarence Rowe Source: Robert, KD4HSH Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Science Monthly, listener, amateur, new
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by Norm Saunders
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Artist: Norm Saunders Source: eBay seller banjoflier
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Mechanics / Mechanix, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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"Scouting on the Tigris River: A British reconnoitering party gliding at express-train speed in a hydroplane fitted with an aeroplane power plant" during the Middle East campaigns of World War One.
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, WW1
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Mechanics magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Man riding tracked metal detector in search for gold. In the distance a shadow memory of a pirate ship: "Maps Spur Captain Kidd Treasure Hunt." Artist: Source: Eric Hall Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Mechanics / Mechanix, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Artist: Source: eBay seller banjoflier
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Mechanics / Mechanix, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Howard V. Brown
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Deep sea lantern bearers. Deep-water fish with luminous organs to see in the depths, and attract prey. Artist: Howard V. Brown Source: Steve Kirch, collector, and creator of this website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, zoology, variety, species, weird,...
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by Waller Parker
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First issue of EVERYDAY MECHANICS, featuring article on how you can make your own movies. There's a contest for the most subscriptions sent in, the prize being an amateur movie camera with tripod and Zeiss-Tessar anastigmat lens. Artist: Waller Parker Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Everyday Mechanics / Everyday Engineering, magazine covers,...
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Radio Tube Train, looks more like a locomotive powered by vast glowing reactors. May we please have one now? Artist: Source: eBay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Mechanics / Mechanix, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Jet "Take-Off" from Mud: JATO-like bottles strapped onto the side of a very heavily laden truck help it get out of a very muddy stretch of road. Seems unlikely. Artist: Source: The Gerik family of Lawton, Oklahoma Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Mechanics magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Formerly MODERN MECHANICS, and about to become POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY. "A Million Volts Through the Body," with scientific magician performing high-voltage tricks with what looks like a Tesla coil. Artist: Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Science Monthly, voltage, current, danger, show,...
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Final inspection of a modern tube checker. Woman on production test line giving it the final go-over. Artist: Source: Anonymous donor Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Radio News, a Gernsback popular radio magazine, product, quality,...
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The Gyro-Helicoplane, seen flying over a large city; kind of an autogyro / helicopter. Also: "Clocks of the Sky." Artist: Source: Photographer PopKulture Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Mechanics and Handicraft, aeronautics, transportation, flight
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Flying Battlewagons: tanks rushing across a hilly desert at speed, with men popping out the top to throw smoke grenades on the ground Artist: Source: The Gerik family of Lawton, Oklahoma Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Mechanics magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Giant bulldozer shown knocking down a tall tree. "Age of Opportunity," by Charles F. Kettering. Artist: Source: Horton Family, Noblesville, Indiana Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Mechanics magazine, logging, lumber, wood, forest,...
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"New scientific way to find out whether you can sing." Woman in gas mask connected to air flow instrumentation.
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, music, stage, presentation, concert, audio,...
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Special Metal Tube Number, featuring x-ray view of new metal tube design. Also: "The Laxyman 'Metal 4' Receiver," "Metal Tubes in Test Apparatus," and "High-Fidelity Amplifiers and Tuners." Artist: Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Radio-Craft, a Gernsback technical magazine, valves, receiver,...
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by Norman Saunders
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Motorcycle with two outrigger skates stays balanced for use in ice racing, and pulling along a skater holding a rope. Artist: Norman Saunders Source: Photographer PopKulture Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Mechanics / Mechanix, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Howard V. Brown
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"The thought recorder" is an imagined instrument for collecting our thoughts, from electrical signals picked up by sensors on our heads. A bit ahead (um) of its time. Artist: Howard V. Brown Source: Internet Archive Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Electrical Experimenter, alpha, rhythm, EEG
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Artist: Source: eBay seller banjoflier
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Mechanics / Mechanix, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Dan Suwne Groesdehl [?]
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The Statue of Liberty stands tall while a man's hand lifts a jewel-encrusted sword, with the year 1916 engraved on its blade, representing "Adequate Defense." Artist: Dan Suwne Groesdehl [?] Source: eBay seller PeriodPaper Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Illustrated World, preparedness, World War One, propaganda,...
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Same design used for the second (still almost a fanzine!) issue of QST. This cover was also used for the next couple of issues, and then began to morph into a variety of styles and designs. Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, QST, the Ham Radio magazine from the A.R.R.L., magazine covers,...
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by G. L.
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Rocket-assisted racing tricycle. Artist: G. L. Source: Eric Hall Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Mechanics / Mechanix, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Radio-Craft, a Gernsback technical magazine, magazine covers,...
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by Charles R. Knight
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Probable life appearance of the allosaurus. A carnivorous dinosaur. The creature is shown here feeding on the remains of a brontosaurus. Allosaurus was a flesh-eating dinosaur that preyed upon the larger vegetarian dinosaurs. Thus the great unwieldy brontosaurus, seventy feet long, was exteriminated by the smaller and more active allosaurus. Artist: Charles R. Knight Source: Steve Kirch, creator of a wonderful website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Howard V. Brown
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Prof. R. W. Wood demonstrating the new "Raman Effect" in physics. Discovered by Raman in 1928, it won him the Nobel Prize in 1930. Also: X-Rays probe the atom. More about Pluto. "Blind" flying. What is a Quantum? Artist: Howard V. Brown Source: Steve Kirch, collector, and creator of this website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, waves, particles, quantum
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Radio-Craft, a Gernsback technical magazine, magazine covers,...
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by Kiefer
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Automobile body has had its wheels replaced by skis, and a drive wheel sitting somehow under its mid-carriage. "The Auto-Sleigh / a new sport." The driver and passenger, scooting along on the snow and ice, seem more worried than ecstatic. Artist: Kiefer Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Mechanics magazine, snowmobile, ski, motion, winter,...
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Commercial opportunities for radio men. Shown: American Airlines technician aligning flight radio equipment. Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Radio News, a Gernsback popular radio magazine, magazine covers,...
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Tank climbing up over the ridge of a trench. "Newest 'Amphibs' for Invading Japan," and "What Radar Is -- How It Works." Artist: Source: The Gerik family of Lawton, Oklahoma Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Science Monthly, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Artist: Source: eBay seller banjoflier
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Mechanics / Mechanix, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Edgar Franklin Wittmack
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Dual-rotor autogyro flying. Artist: Edgar Franklin Wittmack Source: eBay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Science Monthly, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Practical Electrics, one of Gernsback's popular technology...
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Record-breaking altitude flight conditions in the low-pressure caisson. Studying the effects of low atmospheric pressure on pilots. Artist: Source: Steve Kirch, collector, and creator of this website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, testing, breathing, suffocation, experiment
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By 1916 the WORLD'S ADVANCE logo had been dropped, and the familiar POPULAR SCIENCE cover designs were well underway. Compare this with the ad that ran in the NEW YORK TIMES for March 16, 1916.
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Science Monthly, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Gernsback got into magazine publishing after his Electro Importing Company got him into printing catalogs. Working for EIC was probably very interesting, but not likely as much fun as this cover would indicate; it is probably not meant to be taken literally....
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Gernsback's Other Radio Titles, magazine covers, vintage...
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A miniature thunderbolt from a Tesla transformer. Classic picture of Tesla sitting unconcernedly, while vast electric discharges pass overhead. Artist: Source: Doug Bell
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Electricity, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Frank Tinsley
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Looks like small aerobatics planes rounding the distant marker for a race. "Are Flying Wings the Answer?" and the "Diary of Curvaceous Connie." Artist: Frank Tinsley Source: the Antique Paper Shop Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Aviation Magazines, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Zboyan [?]
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From biplane to jet fighter: Special 20th Anniversary Issue. Artist: Zboyan [?] Source: the Antique Paper Shop Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Aviation Magazines, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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"The Automatic Soldier" is more correctly the automatic defensive position, with a row of dug-in automatic machine gun nests firing at an oncoming army. Perhaps they are controlled by the soldiers in the next trench back. Artist: Source: Internet Archive Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Electrical Experimenter, warfare, world war one, defense,...