Welcome to the 19th century! This edition of the Magazine Museum's website highlights the magazines of the years 1800-1899. You may notice, we are going back in time from the 21st century, covered in our last site. The years from 1800 to the 1950s were covered before on our web site, but we were using inferior software then. We felt we could do a much better job of presenting those years with Adobe Muse, our new software. So, in the next few issues we will be presenting anew the 1800s through the 1950s.
As stated, in this issue we proudly present the magazines of the 19th century. In our Covers & Pages section we present six very exciting, historically significant magazines- Bookman, Century, Chap-Book, l'Eclipse, Jugend, and Saturday Evening Post. We have divided our Databank into three logical periods- 1800-1849, 1850-1884, and 1885-1899. Our Gallery section is showing off 318 examples of 19th century covers on three pages.
You may notice a new addition to our web site. We have added a new page- The Magazine Store. At this point the Magazine Store is only an experiment. Time (and sales) will tell us if we are to continue with selling used books and magazines on this site. As of now we are using PayPal for payment. If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will reply to your phone number or email address as soon as possible.
The 19th Century saw the change of magazines from tabloid weeklies and dailies of the preceding century to the beautiful magazines of the Belle Epoque. Printing technology advanced from the middle ages to modern offset lithography. Magazines became a big part of the culture of modern society. By the end of the century, magazines were no longer just fleeting conveyors of news, but lasting examples of the arts and sciences of everyday life. Illustrators began to make names for themselves as cover graphics and printing quality improved. Photography gradually became a part of the visual communication of magazines. The advent of ten-cent magazines, combined with the development of Sunday editions of metropolitan newspapers, helped to add to the ever-increasing popularity of magazines. All of these changes combined to make this period in magazine history a very exciting one. We hope you enjoy this look at the magazines of the 19th Century as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.
The Magazine Museum is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to the glorification, presentation, and preservation of magazines. We wish to acknowledge and pass on an appreciation of both the power of the printed page and the beauty of graphic visual communication. We will do this by means of five departments:
1.Magazine Museum Home Page.
2.Magazine Museum Covers and Pages.
3.Magazine Museum Databank.
4.Magazine Museum Gallery.
5.Magazine Museum Store.
The Purpose of this website is, first and foremost, to communicate with other magazine lovers.
We hope to provide information and a forum for appreciating magazines, in general, and the graphics, art, and photography of magazines, in particular. We hope, eventually, to provide a means for buying and selling magazines and books.
For more immediate and direct communication, please email us at:
Theodore Martin, Founder and Design Director. 2019