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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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Small horse on the pasture. "Research for War IX: Cooperation between College of Agriculture and Army Remount Service improves breed and is one more phase of University's research for war efficiency." Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Specialized Magazines, College Magazines, California Monthly, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Published in the January, 1893 issue of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Travel and Transportation, Railroads and Railroad Lines, magazine...
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Published in the February, 1892 issue of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
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"Waimangu," a giant geyser of New Zealand that at times spurts mud and steam to a height of 1000 feet. Source: Steve Kirch, collector, and creator of a great website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, vulcanism, hot spring, magma, explosion,...
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This summer "go abroad" by train...to Mexico. See both fairs. Cocoanut Island, Mazatlan. Published in the June, 1940 issue of CALIFORNIA MONTHLY. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Travel and Transportation, Railroads and Railroad Lines, magazine...
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The cadet who turned in the "Wrong Number" solution to Field Problem Number Five got a Zero. Ooops. Artist: Source: eBay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Specialized Magazines, College Magazines, Pointer, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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A floating pneumatic elevating and grain discharging plant. Grain installation fixed on a floating pontoon, recently placed in service at Emden on the North Sea. Source: Steve Kirch, collector, and creator of a great website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, cargo, storage, transfer, harbor, service
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A fleet of merchantmen under convoy as seen from a towed balloon.
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, navy, freight, cargo, sea, battle, world war...
"The Complete Works of Anatole France," and other books published by Dodd, Mead. This ad was published in the December, 1924 issue of THE AMERICAN MERCURY. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Art, Film, Book, Movie, and Magazine Ads, Book Ads: Fiction, magazine...
Published in the February, 1893 issue of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
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A's base runner sliding into Home Plate while the Washington catcher tries to tag him out. Artist: Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Sports Magazines, Baseball Magazine, steal, run, safe, out
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Miner working underground with a shovel, his headlamp illuminating the rock walls. Artist: Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Monthly Magazines, American Legion Magazine, mining, ore, digging, darkness, danger, beam, flash,...
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A Country Gent boy is shown in this ad that tells the boys they should be out selling subscriptions to COUNTRY GENTLEMAN.
Topics: Youth, Children, and Kids' Magazines, Our Boys Prize Book, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Artist: Source: University of California Libraries Restoration: partial
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by George De Zayas
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Woman out walking her pedigreed wolfhound, a fabulous flower in its mouth, being parodied by a mutt walking the same step, but in front of them, carrying a weed flower. Content: "Alma Mater Song," by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, and "Is It Safe to Fly?" by W. B. Courtney. Artist: George De Zayas Source: eBay seller daysoffuturepast, who also sells printed materials from her personal website. Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, pet, owner, quality, status, breeding
Published in the April, 1883 issue of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Art, Film, Book, Movie, and Magazine Ads, Book Ads: Fiction, magazine...
Published in the February, 1894 issue of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
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Published in the July, 1894 issue of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
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Stripping sweet clover plants of their seed. Also, "The $5000 Einstein Prize essay".
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, farm, agriculture, mechanization, factory...
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Water supply system of the Hackensack, New Jersey water company. Source: Steve Kirch, collector, and creator of a great website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, utilities, drinking, irrigation, purity
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Glafcke's improvement in prison construction. Iron bars do a prison make. Fluid-filled pipes to signal any breakage. Source: Steve Kirch, collector, and creator of a great website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, prisoner, lockup, detention, escape,...
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, Oil-fired burners at the World's Columbian...
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Artist: Source: Bill Yarnall Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Youth, Children, and Kids' Magazines, American Boy, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Umpire looks at base runner who has slid into home plate, and seems to be signalling "Out!" while catcher is off the plate, either waiting for the ball or throwing to another baseman. Artist: Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Sports Magazines, Baseball Magazine, run, score, safe, hit
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Published in the December, 1893 issue of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
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by George De Zayas
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Woman looks doubtful about her plan to cook the turkey for Thanksgiving, and the bird just looks into the sky as if to say, "Who, me?" Content: "If It Isn't Booze, It's Something Else," by William G. Sloane. Artist: George De Zayas Source: eBay seller daysoffuturepast, who also sells printed materials from her personal website. Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, holiday, feast, execution, butcher, meat,...
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Artist: Source: University of California Libraries Restoration: partial
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Plan for the disposal of New York's sewage. It is proposed to carry a large part of the sewage by a tunnel 10 feet in diameter under the lower bay to an artificial island three miles offshore, where the solids will be removed and taken out to sea in tank steamers and the liquids will be rendered harmless before being discharged. Source: Steve Kirch, collector, and creator of a great website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, health, disease, poison, pollutant,...
Magazine Art: Health and Medicine
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Itching skin humors and a man scratching his shin. Published in the December, 1893 issue of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
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Chickens in two separated fenced pens. Source: eBay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Farm Magazines, Poultry Herald, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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by Ware
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Is your conscience clear? Starving people in Europe, mostly children, in a fund-raiser for post-war relief. Artist: Ware Source: eBay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Literary Digest, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Now with an index and introduction to the Mandalay edition, sent free as a teaser to get you to buy. Sounds good. This ad was published in the August, 1926 issue of THE AMERICAN MERCURY. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Art, Film, Book, Movie, and Magazine Ads, Book Ads: Fiction, magazine...
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A young man, dressed like an early nineteenth century sailor, walks along a road in a seaport town in the Spring, carrying on his shoulder a blue box, with a monkey riding on top of it. Artist: Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Monthly Magazines, American Legion Magazine, New England, job, posting, transition, travel
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Artist: Source: Bill Yarnall Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Youth, Children, and Kids' Magazines, American Boy, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Published in the November, 1883 issue of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
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Published in the November, 1893 issue of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
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