Useful and Interesting Links
If you liked what we're doing here, you may find these other sites of interest. We have no connection with these sites (other than an appreciation of the material they have on the site itself) and provide no warranty of any kind about them. You're on your own.
Non-Commercial and Educational Sites
The FictionMags Index to thousands of magazine issue contents, often with cover art credits
Jim Pinkowski's website devoted to the art of Harry Anderson will illuminate you about the unknown artist you saw in every magazine for decades. He also has a large section of his main website devoted to artist John Berkey.
Stripper's Guide is nominally about the history of the American comic strip, but they stray over into general illustration art and have the highest editorial and research standards.
Vogel Marketing in Lancaster, PA has a Pinterest board with an amazing collection of vintage ads. They're especially good on early automobiles.
Twenty-four issues of the ELECTRICAL EXPERIMENTER online as individual PDF files, cover and contents!
The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is a study center for American illustration art. It is an office at and part of/with the Norman Rockwell Museum there. You know who Rockwell was.
Vast collection of science fiction, fantasy, weird, and occult magazine and book covers from the UK, Australia, and Canada at Morgan Wallace's Spectre Library site (click "Other Links" then "The Image Gallery."
Ron Unz has opened a new site containing thousands of full-text/image magazines (also books, videos, and similar) for people to read freely. We're still trying to understand how he's doing this, but check it out; it's completely amazing.
A blog pointing to and describing ephemera resources, all of which will be of interest to viewers of this website. http://ephemeraresources.blogspot.com/ It's centered on the UK, but covers widely the world.
A new project of Patrick Belk and David Earle: Pulpmags.org -- covers, histories, links, essays; just beginning, but already full of fascinating things.
EVERY WEEK magazine was intended as a parallel journal to be published with the syndicated Sunday magazines from ASM. It ran only from 1915-8 before being killed off by the board. The University of Nebraska at Lincoln has a project to digitize all the issues and put them online.
Nancy Ellis has some excellent Flickr streams for old magazine covers and ads.
Astonishing collection of items about movie magazines, their covers, publishing history, &etc!. Moviemags.com
Prof. David Earle's enewsstand project, with cover art and interesting historical articles about many popular magazines of the twentieth century.
Marty Weil's blog about Ephemera has tons of great stuff about printed materials of all kinds.
The University of Saskatchewan Library has an online Special Collection gallery of 421 images from women's magazines and books in the Margaret Friesen-Labach Collection of Early Twentieth Century Women's Magazines. These include 100 issues of THE MODERN PRISCILLA, for the years 1909-1930, and 286 issues of NEEDLECRAFT, for the years 1910-1941. These were donated to the Library by Bernice Friesen, daughter of Margaret Friesen-Labach.
All of the covers from POPULAR SCIENCE, from May 1925 to June 1969, at Mike Hammerberg's website devoted to Gus and the Model Garage.
Phil Stephensen-Payne's "Galactic Central"the Big List of magazines which print or printed fiction, with publishing information and sample cover images. This list engulfs and incorporates some earlier lists by other madmen, and its value cannot be overstated.
AND: Phil has added several thousand illustrated checklists of magazine covers. You can find them starting from this page.
John Adcock's blog "Yesterday's Papers" has lots of great pieces on illustrators, with plenty of examples of their work. The emphasis is on cartoons, caricatures, and comics.
Your daily pulp cover (magazines, books) at Pulp of the Day, one of Nathan Shumate's websites.
Laurie Powers' blog "Laurie's Wild West" always has lots of interesting pulp magazine covers and discussions, starting with her slowly unfolding investigation into the pulp writing career of her grandfather, Paul Powers.
The University of Washington Library system has a nice collection of 450+ advertisements mostly associated with the Western US. The descriptive metadata is superb.
Lots of magazine covers in the Literature Gallery at Phil's Old Radios site.
Edwin Meyer's Art Links Galore site shows a really interesting way to provide visual data linking to art and image sites. Edwin sells a product called Pictolinks, which he uses to build the site, but you can take advantage of the great linking without having to buy it.
The Library at Ball State University has put 61 covers from PHYSICAL CULTURE online as one of their digital collections. They include the entire contents of the magazine issues, wow.
Old-time ads for patent medicines...and modern ads for modern drugs that became modern problems; on a pharmacy blog.
Lots of interesting coffee-grinder & accessory ads and flyers at javaholics.net.
Will's blog has covers from the extremely rare German fantasy magazine DER ORCHIDEENGARTEN (1919-1921).
David Saunders has been writing great articles about pulp artists, and now he's putting his knowledge online at his pulp artists website, with lots of data and some great cover scans.
Prof. Jack Raglin's blog about Enoch Bolles is the product of a true enthusiast with a vast knowledge of the artist and his art.
The Pulp Gallery has thousands of pulp magazine covers online for you to enjoy.
Steven Lamazow, collector and bibliographer, now has a blog about Magazine History, with cover pictures and interesting essays.
The Gallery of Graphic Design is an archive of thousands of advertising pages from American magazines 1930-69. Behind its deceptively simple home page is a visual database that you can search in several different ways: product class, keyword, magazine, advertiser, and so on. There is no editorial information on the site to tell you who is doing it. Check out their Facebook page.
Old Magazine Articles has interesting old magazine articles, and some cover images even. The articles are reproduced as scans packaged as PDF, and some are good and some are not so good. But the site is well worth spending a lot of time on.
Artist Paul Giambarba has written a large number of fascinating essays on famous artists and illustrators, with extensive examples from their work, for his blog 100 Years of Illustration and Design. Here's an example: detail analysis of the pen and ink work of Harry Fenn.
Nancy Gluck writes about American silverplate on her website, which includes a number of relevant ads, using wonderful art by some of the great illustrators, and taken from vintage magazines.
The Modern Mechanix site has all kinds of wonderful material reprinted from the popular science and technology magazines of the 20's, 30's, and later. There's even a special section devoted to the covers of these magazines, including plenty of them we don't have.
Not about magazines, but thematically related: pictures from old books. Two sites we know about: (1) Liam's "Pictures from Old Books" and (2) Lucilius' "Old Book Illustrations". Wait, here's another: BibliOdyssey on Blogspot. Here's one with pictures of literally everything, in French.
The Vintage Magazines Pool on Flickr has hundreds of great images, many of them originally from this here, and used by permission.
Nick Chase's website with cover images and contents listings for the hundreds of pulps and other magazines he's bought in the last couple of years.
A tribute site about FILM FUN created by Yahia Zein Eddin, with most of the covers, beginning in the early 1920's and continuing to its last year.
A site in tribute to artist Fletcher C. Ransom, whose work appeared in dozens of magazines and hundreds of other venues in the period from the 1890's to the middle decades of the 20th century. Onsite and in direct links are a large number of scans of his work.
Noosfere is a French site with an astonishing collection of science-fiction and fantasy magazine and book cover images. Go even if you do not speak any French. It is wonderful.
Also in French (and English), somewhat more commercial, Collectors Showcase.
A tribute to ST. NICHOLAS magazine, with history, covers, articles, etc. that is truly a labor of love.
A amazing website, Nostalgiaville maintains a vast directory of magazine cover images as well as plenty of other examples of historic art and ephemera. It's sort of run as part of their collectibles business (beverage containers and art a specialty) but obviously it's actually a labor of love.
Terry Gibbons' Visual Index of Science Fiction Cover Art aka VISCO gives the cover images of hundreds of science fiction magazines, with special attention to British/Commonwealth titles. VISCO is another excellent volunteer operation: one person's obsession and contributions of images from countless others.
A cover-image site with 50,000 comic book covers. Adam Selvidge is true and dedicated.
Gerald Grow, Professor of Magazine Journalism at Florida A&M University, has an interesting essay online about the history and development of magazine cover art. Some great illustrative examples, too!
The "American Art Archives" is full of information about illustrators, and images of their works. Their huge selection of artists biographies is a great place to learn something about an artist you've just discovered. I think Thomas is running this as a business, but we'll list it here in the educational section because it gives so much. Gotta check it out.
a short history of EVERYBODY'S MAGAZINE, with particular attention to its career in muckraking journalism in the early 20th century, and many short biographies of contributors (e.g. Upton Sinclair). Other links go to other magazine histories, such as McCLURE'S. Lots to see here.
A tribute site dedicated to the work of artist Fletcher C. Ransom, whose work appeared in many American magazines in the early part of the 20th century.
A tribute site for artist Norm Saunders, whose work appeared on both mainstream and pulp magazines (not to mention books and trading cards).
A biography of Francis Bellamy, who worked at several of these magazines, including YOUTH'S COMPANION, ILLUSTRATED AMERICAN, and EVERYBODY'S.
The National Museum of American Illustration, a private museum in Newport, Rhode Island. It specializes in illustrators and artists, including many made famous in magazine art of our period. It's a bit on the commercial side, but one can't argue with its goals. They have a good page of links for further information on illustration art and artists.
The Web Gallery of Art isn't about magazine art; it describes itself as "a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1150-1800), currently containing over 11,000 reproductions." A fantastic resource, and important to understanding much of what you'll see on this site.
An interesting article on CAPT. BILLY'S WHIZ-BANG, which you've heard about only because it's mentioned in the "Trouble" song from "The Music Man." Check out the issues we have online in the Humor section.
Syracuse University has a set of the covers from the early film fan magazine PICTURE PLAY, 1919-1928. A great thing to do, though the online images are only 300 pixels high and thus not very good. (You can get bigger images directly from the University.) It's part of their digital library based on the Street and Smith archives. While it mostly covers dime novels, they also have (small) images of the covers from the pulp magazine THE WHISPERER and the dime weekly BOWERY BOY LIBRARY.
MAD MAGAZINE: Every cover from the first 1952 comic-book edition. MAD affected our culture in ways we won't discover for another hundred years. A work of art by Doug Gilford.
Covers from a number of issues of SUNSET magazine, from all phases of its history; part of a history project on the magazine at Stanford University.
A tribute site to artist Joseph A. Maturo. No, you've not heard of him; but you've probably seen his work.
SITE LOST. The creator of the original site died unexpectedly. His son is trying to reconstitute it, but things are difficult. We had originally said: Ellis Parker Butler, best known for "Pigs Is Pigs," was the author of hundreds of articles and stories in all the best magazines 1896-1935. A great tribute site, with dozens of examples of his writing, and tons of magazine covers from the issues they appeared in.
Patty Kennington has a personal website with a very nice set of links to sites about the history of graphic art.
BOY'S LIFE in the 20's and 30's honored with gallery and index (not complete) by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commercial Sites and Dealers
We provide these listings as a service to the magazine and art communities. We haven't bought anything from them, and can't vouch for their services, except where explicitly noted.
The magazine store Ephemera Forever in San Francisco is one of the few remaining specialty brick-&-mortar places where you can actually go to look at, and maybe buy, vintage magazines. They have supplied cover images for this site. Address: Ephemera Forever, 920 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. Phone: 808-985-9001. Or you can visit their website EphemeraForever.com and view their stock online, maybe buy something.
Estate sales are a good place to look for vintage magazines, and they can sometimes go cheap. Estatesales.org says you can "find and advertise estate sales; hundreds of listings posted every week."
Barbara Dietrich, at Dietrich's Vault, sells a wide variety of antiques and ephemera, and has been sending us excellent photographs of rare magazine covers for the website.
Cliff Aliperti's website about collecting old magazines is stuffed with information about vintage magazines.
DiscountMags.com offers hundreds of magazine subscriptions at greatly discounted rates.
REMINISCE is a magazine about the good old days. It regularly runs reprints of vintage ads and other items from the same periods as this website.
Agora Gallery is a real, not virtual online, gallery in NYC, with a very extensive set of links. You will definitely find something of interest in their catalog of art websites. They say, "Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery dedicated to the promotion of national and international artists, providing quality and original art to established and emerging collectors, catering to special events in support of fine art, organizations that foster social awareness and promote environmental issues. The gallery is also the publisher of ARTisSpectrum Magazine and the sponsor of Art-Mine.com."
Collectorsweekly.com has begun a section on collecting magazines. This is a large and ambitious site with lots of material on many different kinds of collecting, including a variety of paper and ephemera, in addition to magazines. They've also chosen MagazineArt.org as the first magazine-related website to be one of the "best collector sites for our Hall of Fame." Sounds fine to us.
For Pulp magazine books, reprints, and related materials, start at Adventure House. John Gunnison has been collecting pulps for a long time, and publishes bibliographies, biographies, story collections, and reprints that you will find fascinating.
Ephemera dealer The Paper Trail has a good selection of magazine covers as well as other printed illustration material of all kinds.
The Leeflang Archives are a good source of vintage magazines on eBay and via direct sales.
The Advertising Archives is a UK company that collects and sells prints, pages, and images from advertising, especially magazine advertising. You have to register to look at their site, but registration is free. Once on the site you can go to the "Gallery" and view a number of pages of small thumbnails of ads and covers, or search using keywords or descriptive search terms to bring up ads that satisfy those terms.
Ken Steacy, an author/illustrator who worked for many years in the comics industry, is shepherding dozens of new and reissue art and illustration collections into print through his publishing company Ken Steacy Publishing. Click on the left column items and you'll see a long list of already-published and projected volumes.
Sharon Kahn is selling off their comics collection and has an excellent site showing the scans of the comic covers at Toonerville.net. Look for her theme collections, such as "Entirely Gratuitous Gorillas" and "Vaguely Naughty" bondage and menace covers.
Bud Plant Illustrated Books sells books about famous artists and illustrators, and has well-done short illustrated biographies of over a hundred of them. You can buy books on the BPIB sites too, though we'd prefer you buy them via our link to Amazon.
OldImprints.com sells vintage magazines and exchanges links with us (so, go check them out).
A number of covers from VOGUE, VANITY FAIR, HOUSE AND GARDEN, and GOURMET magazines are online at the Condé Nast website. They want to sell prints etc.
All the covers from ESQUIRE MAGAZINE 1933-present are now online at their cover gallery!
HarpWeek.com, a site which reissues historical material from HARPER'S WEEKLY, has many free items and is well worth a look.
Artella, which describes itself as "a magazine and support network for writers, artists, and creative spirits," has mostly commercial products but quite a lot of interesting other information and stuff at its web site. They asked for a link exchange and seem worth it.
The Illustrated Gallery, a commercial art gallery specializing in cover paintings and interior illustrations from magazines and other publications.
Illustration House, a commercial art gallery specializing in illustrations such as often appeared in magazines.
Norm Platnick writes collector's guides to the art of famous illustrators, and his website has some background information on the magazines in which they appeared.
POPULAR MECHANICS cover imagesthe entire set is on the web here.
Update history: Latest update 19 September 2015