This edition of the Magazine Museum’s web sight highlights the magazines of the 20th Century, the years 1990-1999. The 1990s was the last great decade for the printed magazine. Digital and online magazines are there on the new 21st century horizon. The future of magazines is obviously in digital form. But,meanwhile, the last decade of the 20th Century saw the birth of many new magazines. We have 603 new magazines listed here for the decade. These were all magazines that were started in the nineties. Of these 603, 279 are presently still in existence. Of course, there were a few more publications actually printed throughout the world in that period. 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.
Adding to the difficulty of listing as many magazines as possible, is the continued practice of the magazine business to continue names as 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. 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.
We must add one more note by way of explanation. This is a subject that causes us great stress. Please take note: "semi-annual",or SA, refers to magazines published twice a year, "bi-annual",or BA, refers to magazines published every other year. The same rules apply to "semi-monthly",SM-twice per month, and "bi-monthly"BM-every other month. I hope everyone has that straight.
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.