Welcome to the 1930s. This 36th edition of the Magazine Museum's website highlights the magazines for the years 1930-1939. In our Covers & Pages section we present six very exciting, historically significant magazines- Coronet, Esquire, Fortune, Life, Look, and U.S. Camera. In the Databank we are listing 414 magazines started in this decade. Our Gallery section is showing off 400 examples on four pages of the best covers for the 1930's. And we have added a few magazines for sale in our Magazine Store.
The fourth decade of the 20th Century saw the continued growth of magazine publishing throughout the world. Printing technology continued to advance. Photoengraving quality imrpoved considerably by the 1930s, allowing for much improved images. As a result, photography's use in magazines by this time was consistently increasing. By the end of the twentieth century, photography had largely replaced art work as the dominant form of graphics in periodicals. Art work illustrations did continue to be an important part of what magazines had to say, but in less numbers on interior pages. Art work by well-known illustrators began to be shown only on covers, leaving interior pages for lesser-known artists and photographs. The largest publishers continued to increase their number of titles, as well as their circulation figures. The 1930s saw important premiers in the magazine world. Time Inc. started Fortune and Life. Cowles began Look. David Smart launched Apparel Arts (GQ), Coronet, Esquire. Conde Nast began Brides and Glamour. Hearst brought out Science Digest and Woman's Day.
All of these changes combined to make this period in magazine history a very exciting one. The 20th century was the age of national magazines in America. We hope you enjoy this look at the magazines of the fourth decade of the 20th Century as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.
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 email@example.com. We will reply to your phone number or email address as soon as possible.
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. 2020