Welcome to the Roaring 20's. This 35th edition of the Magazine Museum's website highlights the magazines for the years 1920-1929. In our Covers & Pages section we present seven very exciting, historically significant magazines- Architectural Digest, Arts et Metiers Graphiques,Fruit Garden & Home,Gebrauchsgraphik,Golden Book, The New Yorker, and Time. In the Databank we are listing 366 magazines started in this decade. Our Gallery section is showing off 466 examples on five pages of the best covers for the 1920's. And we have added a few magazines for sale in our Magazine Store.
The third decade of the 20th Century saw the continued growth of magazine publishing throughout the world. Printing technology continued to advance. Although photoengravings allowed for much improved images, photography's use in magazines was still as workman-like illustrations of limited quality, or occasionally as "fine art" presentations, also of limited quality. Art work illustrations continued to be an important part of what magazines had to say. The successful illustrators continued to make names for themselves as cover graphics and printing quality improved. The largest publishers continued to increase their number of titles, as well as their circulation figures. Important to magazine's increasing significance were names like Edward W. Bok, Cyrus Curtis, William Randolph Hearst, George H. Lorimer, Henry Luce, S.S. McClure, Frank Munsey, Conde Nast, John Brisbane Walker, and others. The 1920s saw important beginnings in the magazine world. Time Inc. was started with its first publication- Time Magazine. Harold Ross started The New Yorker. Architectural Digest, Business Week, and Reader's Digest all began in the 1920s.
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 third 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. 2019