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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
- 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
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Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Mary Conti, JMF Collector Image Restoration: magscanner
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Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Temptingly drawn woman stands on the other side of a brick wall, holding an apple just above a sign that says "Danger! Keep out!" A little symbolism with your Sunday paper. Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Collector, author, bookseller and publisher John D. Squires Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Sunday Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Mariangela Buch Image Processing by: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Judge, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
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:
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Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Mary Conti, JMF Collector Image Restoration: magscanner
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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
- 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
- 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
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Satan and a tiny angel confront each other for ownership of the entire world. Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Tom Harris, on eBay as tabasco_life Restoration by: 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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Man and woman huddling under an umbrella; the man is grinning but the woman is less than happy because she suspects she has been "Taken by Storm." Published in the October 24, 1914 issue of JUDGE. Artist: James montgomery Flagg Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Judge, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Fourth of July fireworks exploding over a cityscape, with one becoming a huge glowing "LIFE" ad. Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Tom Harris, on eBay as tabasco_life Restoration by: 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
- 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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Man and woman playing cards ignore the game and lean over to kiss, "A better game than bridge". Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Humor Magazines, Judge, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Michael Holley Image Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Judge, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
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- James Montgomery Flagg
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Elegantly dressed woman, her back to us, playing the piano, while her elegantly dressed male friend stares at her. Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Collector, author, bookseller and publisher John D. Squires Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Sunday Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
- James Montgomery Flagg
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Woman seems totally amused that stiff old Benjamin Franklin is hauling his own groceries home, as he says, "God helps them that help themselves," quoting from his writings. Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Tom Harris, collector/seller, on eBay as tabasco_life Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Life, the humor magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
Magazine Art
- James montgomery Flagg
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"October Morn" is some play on words, referring to the famous nude painting "September Morn" -- only here we have a prim young lady with plenty of clothing on, to protect against the chill of October. Published in the October 24, 1914 issue of JUDGE. Artist: James montgomery Flagg Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Judge, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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,...