We have three hundred and sixty-six magazines listed here for the time period. Of course, there were a few more publications actually printed throughout the world in these years. As of this date, we have not the resources to list every magazine that existed in each time period. But we are working on that.
The biggest problem for historians, and anyone wishing to follow the history of magazines, is the frustrating habit of magazines to continue names as titles. Publishers and editors have always attempted to incorporate deceased publications into existing, continuing publications. It seems to be the nature of the publishing business to do so. But this, of course, causes confusion and frustration by those of us attempting to document and understand magazine history. Religious publications seem to be more involved than any other, in both changing names frequently, and also absorbing defunct titles into on-going titles. Magazine names are bought and sold and passed on, sometimes even after the magazine has ceased to exist. If a title is continued, the new name may, or may not, represent the same entity. Life magazine in the seventies was not the same magazine as Life magazine in the twenties. We have attempted to distinguish these similarities by numbering the magazine names in our list. That is our attempt at showing title changes and continuations of publications. For instance, Rolling Stone #2 is the music magazine started by Jann Wenner in San Francisco in 1967, not the political satire magazine of the same name published in Austin Texas in 1894.
Also adding to the complexities of listing magazine data is the difficult task of listing a periodical's ending date. Our solution is to use the words "present" and "current". "Present" means a magazine was still in existence at the time our databank was compiled. "Current" is used to show the last date known for the magazine, with the assumption that it may, or may not, still be published.
This Data Bank represents a concerted effort on our part to collect accurate information on magazines and magazine history. We believe it is of the utmost importance to maintain this data in a usable central location. We hope this information is of use to one and all.