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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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Publishing Information from the December, 1911 issue. Source: Chuck Gaylord Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Women's Magazines, Die Deutsche Hausfrau, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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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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by Waller Parker
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Artist: Waller Parker Source: Lloyd Schubert, of Schubert's Auction Services Image Processing by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Everyday Mechanics / Everyday Engineering, magazine covers,...
Magazine Art
by Langreich
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Artist: Langreich Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Image Processing by: magscanner
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Large electrical arcs spit off the round ball electrode of an "Experimental High Frequency Apparatus," article by Thomas Stanley Curtis. Artist: Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Everyday Mechanics / Everyday Engineering, electricity, high...
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Source: Lloyd Schubert, of Schubert's Auction Services Image Processing by: magscanner
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Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Image Processing by: magscanner
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Source: Lloyd Schubert, of Schubert's Auction Services Image Processing by: magscanner
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by Waller Parker
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Artist: Waller Parker Source: Lloyd Schubert, of Schubert's Auction Services Image Processing by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Everyday Mechanics / Everyday Engineering, magazine covers,...
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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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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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First issue of the comic magazine that became AINSLEE'S MAGAZINE. Note the label "Howard Ainslee & Co. Publishers, New York City" on the sheet of paper in the lower left corner.
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Ainslee's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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by R. F. Outcault
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Artist: R. F. Outcault Source: eBay sellers Image Processing by: magscanner
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Ainslee's Magazine, Yellow Kid, Ainslee's, R. F. Outcault, humor, cartoons,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Hearst's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Second incarnation of this title, still from Howard Ainslee & Co. Publishers.
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Ainslee's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Western Pulps, 10 Story Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Western Pulps, 10 Story Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Western Pulps, 10 Story Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Artist: Source: Heritage Auction Galleries Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Western Pulps, 10 Story Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Western Pulps, 10 Story Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Western Pulps, 10 Story Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Man under attack by gunslingers outside his building window stops to grimace, as he contemplates his last bullets. "Powdersmoke Puppet," by Walt Coburn, and others. Artist: Source: former eBay Seller Restoration: magascanner
Topics: Western Pulps, 10 Story Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Artist: Source: Heritage Auction Galleries Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Western Pulps, 10 Story Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Western Pulps, 10 Story Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Viewpoint first-person shooter has the drop on armed bad guy, while his girlfriend watches in terror. First issue. Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
Magazine Art
by Norman Saunders
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Argument on the roulette table, with knife and guns. Artist: Norman Saunders Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration: partial
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Norman Saunders
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Tough woman trips her attacker and he wastes his shot. Artist: Norman Saunders Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
Magazine Art
by Norman Saunders
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Stowaways try to take over a small sailboat. Artist: Norman Saunders Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Norman Saunders
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Attack on the stairway. Artist: Norman Saunders Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Norman Saunders
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Kidnapping from a boat? Better read the story. Artist: Norman Saunders Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Norman Saunders
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Bad actors in the tire warehouse. Rationing? Artist: Norman Saunders Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration: partial
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Norman Saunders
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Mayhem in the steel mill; that's some hot metal! Artist: Norman Saunders Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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The fluoroscope found the gems -- in color, even -- but it somehow missed the gun. Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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So some guy walked through blood and tracked it on her carpet, and now he's standing behind her curtain; he is about to be surprised, really surprised. Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Norman Saunders
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Gunman in the pharmacy is about to meet a big red globe. Artist: Norman Saunders Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration: partial
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Norman Saunders
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Dangerous complications with gunfire on the airplane; looks like a fortune from the bank, chained to the babe. Artist: Norman Saunders Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration: partial
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Unscheduled burial in the cemetery being interrupted by a man with a gun. Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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by Norman Saunders
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Woman attacked by thug, who is still not yet in the entryway of the apartment building, as she rings one of the apartments for help. Final issue of this magazine. Artist: Norman Saunders Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Crime, Mystery, and Detective Pulps, 10-Story Detective, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
Magazine Art: Household Items
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Ad for 1847 Rogers Brothers Silverware, from the Meriden Britannia Company, International Silver. Published in the May, 1911 issue of COSMOPOLITAN.
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Household Items, Silver and Tableware, magazine covers, vintage...
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Picture of a famous Boston jewelry store of over half a century ago (e.g. circa 1860-5), young women shopping for silver plate; in front is unframed vignette of same woman and her aged husband looking back at their silverware memories, as their married children gaze appreciatively. Published in the September, 1915 issue of HEARST'S MAGAZINE. Artist: Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Household Items, Silver and Tableware, generations, nostalgia, value,...
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Dining at home in 1847. The Continental silverware pattern. Published in the November, 1919 issue of the LADIES' HOME JOURNAL. Artist: Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Household Items, Silver and Tableware, nineteenth century, past,...
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Ad for the Silhouette pattern knife and fork, showing elegant woman eating soup with a spoon and demonstrating the importance of the Silhouette. Viande knife and fork with long handle and short blade and tines. From the March, 1930 issue of GOOD HOUSEKEEPING. Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Household Items, Silver and Tableware, magazine covers, vintage...
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Happy mother and child with clean clothes ... and a large appliance with a strange name and an even stranger appearance. Kind of like a duck. The actual name of the company is the "1900 Washer Company," of Binghamton, NY. Published in the November, 1920 issue of the LADIES' HOME JOURNAL. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Household Items, Major Appliances, magazine covers, vintage...
Magazine Art: Clothing and Fashions
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Colorful ad for 2 in 1 shoe polishes, from the F. F. Dalley Corporations Ltd. of Buffalo NY and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Published in the October, 1920 issue of the LADIES' HOME JOURNAL. Artist: DM Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Clothing and Fashions, Shoes, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Multiple colors of shoe polishes from the F. F. Dalley Corporation, for home shines that keep leather soft and pliable and shiny. Published in the November, 1922 issue of the PEOPLE'S HOME JOURNAL. Artist: Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Clothing and Fashions, Shoes, feet, boots, laces, lace-up
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Magical Genie of 3-in-One Oil provides you with a lubricant for your chair and your razor, and also your polish and your floor wax. Published in the October 16, 1916 issue of EVERY WEEK. Artist: Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Household Items, Garage and Workshop, magazine covers, vintage...
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Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Western Pulps, 44 Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Western Pulps, 44 Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Western Pulps, 44 Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Western Pulps, 44 Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
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Magazine Art
by Ernest Chiriacka
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Original art for the November, 1945 issue. Artist: Ernest Chiriacka Source: Heritage Auctions
Topics: Western Pulps, 44 Western, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: ebay seller dtacoll Restoration by: magscanner
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Artist: Source: eBay Sellers Restoration by: magscanner
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