This edition of the Magazine Museum's website highlights the magazines of the 20th Century, the years 1980-1989. The eighth decade of the twentieth century saw continued growth in the magazine publishing business. The 1980's probably saw more magazines published than any decade preceding it. Our data file for this period shows 1500 magazines begun in this decade. Unforunately, as much as we would like to list every magazine started in those years, we cannot list them all. That 1500 listed magazines does reflect the increased numbers published for the decade. Magazines had become big business, and publishing houses continued to thrive and increase in size. Publishers like Conde-Nast, Filipacchi, Gruner + Jahr, Hearst, Mondadori, and Time Inc. continued to become internationally known powers. The practice of buying and selling magazine titles continued from the past. The larger companies were buying and selling magazines at an ever-increasing rate. The difficulty of cataloging and monitoring magazine titles continued to increase in this period. Magazines did not simply die out, they just changed names, or publishers. In addition, individual titles were being started everywhere. As in the past, magazines continued to reflect the culture and times in which they were created. Although magazines continued their social and economic significance, they just did not last as long as magazines in the early years of the century. So, basically, we saw more titles being published, but lasting fewer years. Because there were so may magazines started in this period, we have divided the decade into two editions of the web site. All of this being said, the 1980's was another very exciting decade for magazines. Check it out.
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 Library.
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. 2014