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Magazines: a visual history
ISSN 1756-364X
This page forms a visual history of British magazines since 1840. The aim is to identify the launches and innovations that shaped the design of magazines and the industry itself. This is part of the research for two books. One is A History of British Magazine Design, published by the Victoria and Albert Museum and building on the superb collections in the National Art Library, which is housed in the V&A.   This design history page is in the form of a table, with the oldest titles at the top. Each magazine is a row and the columns are divided into decades. Some covers are shown for each title and the coloured background denotes continuous publication. Scroll across and down to the most recent magazines.   Please feel free to suggest specific pages, spreads, covers, images, people and magazines that you feel are important. Half the fun is in the debate! Changes in repro and printing and computerisation have all been important too.
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1. Gentleman's Magazine founded 1731 Gentlemen's Magazine 1731: Samuel Johnson's Dictionary credited this as coining the term 'magazine'     Gentlemen's Magazine 1891. December colour cover                              
Scots Magazine 1739-1803 Scots Magazine               DC Thomson, 1924-                    
2. Spectator founded 1828. 'Oldest continuously-published magazine in English' Spectator magazine front cover 1833             Spectator magazine front cover 1913 Spectator magazine front cover 1928 centenary issue     Spectator magazine front cover 2001       Spectator magazine front cover from 14 July 1990. Garland cartoon shows Nicholas Ridley as Hitler Spectator magazine front cover 2001. claims to be the oldest continuously-published magazine in the English language    
3.Punch 1841 Punch                     Punch   Punch   Punch reborn, 1996-2001      
4. Illustrated London News, 1842 Illustrated London News, 1842-: established model for illustrateed weekly news magazine 1855: first colour Christmas supplement   1874 Christmas number with colour cover                 ILN            
5. Economist 1843 Economist                     Economist 1959     Economist 1980   Economist Paulson London Opinion Leete echo    
6     Queen           Queen magazine front cover Queen Queen December 1948 Jocelyn Stevens buys Queen in 1957 Queen November 1968 1970 NatMags takes over Queen to form Harper's & Queen as Harper's & Queen; but Queen title later dropped in favour of Harper's Bazaar   2006: Harpers and Queen drops Queen from title    
7       Vanity Fair   Vanity Fair   Vanity Fair magazine launch cover 1914       Vanity Fair launch by NatMags, 1950-72 Vanity Fair Just two months after Cosmo's launch, NatMags sells Vanity Fair to IPC     Vanity Fair Harry Potter oct 2001    
8         Tit-Bits from 1881: George Newnes establishes model of rewriting material from many sources, using cheap newsprint and heavy marketing to sell in volume           Tit-Bits magazine front cover Tit-Bits weekly men's magazine cover Dec 3 1955 Titbits Titbits Tit-Bits weekly men's magazine cover turns into porn title      
9         Answers         Answers churchill Answers Answers              
10         Pearson's         Pearson's Weekly                  
          1880s 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
11           Strand 1891-1950: establishes model for fiction monthly Strand 1908     strand_1930jun Strand                
            The Harmsworth Monthly Pictorial Magazine/ London Magazine/ New London Magazine 1898-1933   The London Magazine 1898-1933                      
12           Sketch                          
13           Country Life             Country Life         Country Life  
14           Wide World             Wide World last issue            
            1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
15             London Opinion London Opinion with Alfred Leete's Kitchener 1914 LOndon Opinion 1927 London Opinion London Opinion and The Humorist London Opinion april 1954 last issue              
16             Bystander Bystander 1916   Bystander 1935                  
17. Tatler, 1901             Tatler issue from 1901 Tatler issue from 1917 tatler 1927 christmas cover Tatler Christmas issue from 1934 Tatler & Bystander from 1943 Tatler & Bystander in 1955 Tatler relaunched as London Life 1965-67: Ian Drury cover Tatler 1978 Tatler in 1982 revitalised by Tina Brown Tatler issue from 1998. Melanie Griffiths on cover Tatler issue from 2008 Tatler 2016
18 John Bull, 1908             John Bull 1908 John Bull John Bull 1927 John Bull 1934 John Bull John Bull Today John Bull Weekend          
              1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
20               Woman's Weekly 1911 Woman's Weekly 1928 Woman's Weekly 1937 Woman's Weekly 1940 Woman's Weekly 1957 Woman's Weekly 1964 Woman's Weekly 1972 Woman's Weekly 1987 Woman's Weekly 1993 Woman's Weekly 2008 Woman's Weekly 2011
20               Blighty for the troops 1914-19   Blighty relaunched for the troops in 1939 Blighty relaunched for the troops blighty becomes pin-up weekly Parade Parade As Parade, turns into porn title        
21               Pictures and Picturegoer Picturegoer Picturegoer Picturegoer Picturegoer 1952 Picturegoer last issue            
22               Vogue, 1916: launch of 'Brogue' during Great War Vogue 1927 vogue magazine front cover Vogue Vogue Vogue Vogue magazine front cover Vogue 1987: Naomi Campbell cover Vogue Vogue Kylie Minogue Vogue cover    
23               Picture Show Picture Show 1934 Picture Show Picture Show Picture Show TV Mirror Picture Show Angie Dickinson 1960            
                1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
                  Ideal Home 1920- founded by William Morris and Captain G.C. Clark     Ideal Home Ideal Home Jean Shrimpton     Ideal Home   Ideal Home 2009 dec  
24                 Time & Tide launched in 1920       Time and Tide cover sept 1965 Spare Rib          
26                 The Humorist in 1924 The Humorist in 1939                  
25                 London Life London Life London LIfe Marlene Dietrich 1934 London Life London Life            
27                 Good Housekeeping 1920s Good Housekeeping 1930s Good Housekeeping 1940s Good Housekeeping 1950s Good Housekeeping 1960s Good Housekeeping 1970s Good Housekeeping 1980s Good Housekeeping 1990s Good Housekeeping November 2005 Nigella Lawson Good Housekeeping 2010s
28                 Radio Times 1920s Radio Times 1930s Radio Times 1940s Radio Times Radio Times Radio Times Radio Times Radio Times Radio Times 2000s Radio Times 2010s
29                 Melody Maker Melody Maker     melody maker       Melody Maker music magazine cover    
                  1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
30                   everybody's everybody's everybody's              
31                   Woman's Own Woman's Own wartimee text on cover Woman's Own Crawfie Woman's Own         Woman's Own  
32                   Woman - launched as UK's first full colour weekly by Odhams on new gravure presses built in Watford Woman Woman Woman with Twiggy Woman       Woman Dec 04  
33                   Everywoman Everywoman woman's monthly                
34                   Woman Illustrated                  
35                   Men Only Dec 1935 first issue cover Men Only Men Only January 1957 cover Men Only 1965 cover Men Only turns into porn title        
36                   Lilliput men's magazine first issue cover Lilliput magazine April 1946 Lilliput juxtapositions book Lilliputt taken over by Men Only            
37                   Picture Post 1938-57 John Heartfield Dada photomontage Picture Post Picture Post              
38                   Wild West Weekly 1938   Eagle TV21         Striker: world's first 3D-generated cartoon strip  
39                   Razzle, 1933-57: art deco masthead lasts for 30 years Razzle men's magazine issue 6 front cover Razzle men's magazine issue 82              
                    1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
40                       Photoplay 1956 Sabrina cover              
41                       TV Times 1955 TV Times 1966       TV Times 2009    
42                       Man About Town 1955 Town magazine cover       Man About Town 2007    
                        1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
43                         Flair fashion magazine cover November 1967 Flair 1972          
44                         Honey 1960-86; seminal teenage fashion founded by Audrey Slaughter Honey Honey final issue 1986        
45                         Sunday Times magazine Sunday Times Magazine Sunday TTimes: Murdoch hagiography revitalises Thatcher's image        
46                         Nova 1965-75 Nova 1975     Nova magazine launch, IPC    
47                         King 1965-68; Paul Raymond dips toe into magazines but pulls out Mayfair 1966-: Paul Raymond first issue cover Mayfair and King mens magazine May 1971        
48                         Men in Vogue 1965-70: Conde Nast fails to establish men's fashion monthly       Men's Vogue first issue    
49                         Penthouse: 1965-            
51                         Private Eye   Private Eye 1997      
52                         19 Nineteen March 1968 first issue cover 19 women;s magazine cover 1977        
53                         Oz first issue magazine cover Oz 1971 September          
                          Time Out Time Out Time Out Time Out Time Out Time Out
                          1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020
54                           Cosmopolitan first issue March 1972   Cosmopolitan magazine front cover      
55                           personal computer world April 1978          
56                           Smash Hits first issue Blondie Smash Hits        
57                           Viz in 1979   Viz in 1983 Viz in 2006    
                            1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020
58                             City Limits first issue cover 1981 City Limits 12 April 1990      
                              i-D 1980 first issue magazine cover   i-D magazine cover Cate blanchett
59                             Riva cover Raquel Welsh        
60                             The Face first issue may 1980 Face magazine Isabella Rossellini The Face last issue May 2004    
61                             Blitz November 1988        
62                             Acorn User July 1982 first issue Acorn User 1990 Acorn User 2001    
63                             -D February 1984        
64                             InterCity Magazine first issue of the contract magazine in 1985 Freddie Laker's Skylines in 1981 Contract magazines boom  
65                             Business March 1990        
66                             For Him April 1990 FHM April 1994   FHM Feb 2004 High Street honey  
67                               Hello!   Hello! magazine front cover  
68                             Good Food magazine front cover        
69                             arena 1988 autumn Arena magazine; Nov 97; Wagadon Arena magazine front cover    
70                             Best Magazine; Apr94; revamp        
71                             Bella 1987 first issue cover        
72                             Mixmag Mixmag Mixmag clubbing magazine cover    
73                             Big K April 1984        
74                             Clothes show cover spring 1988        
75                             Interiors first issue cover        
76                             TV Guide front cover        
77                             Practical Parenting 1988 launch cover        
78                             Marie Claire first issue     Marie Claire cover with Kylie Minogue  
                              1980 1990 2000 2010 2020
79                               Sleazenation Sleazenation Che Guevara    
80                               Frank first issue cover      
81                               Big Issue      
83                               Loaded first issue   loaded  
84                               UNzip CD-Rom box cover      
85                               Scene magazine december 1988      
86                                 Wallpaper Russia first issue    
87                               The Net first issue from Haymarket(1999)      
88                               Blah Blah magazine; launch; Apr 96; Ray Gun designer      
89                               New Eden      
90                               Heat launch issue cover      
                                1990 2000 2010 2010
91                                 Glamour magazine launch: May 2001, Conde Nast    
92                                 Intersection first issue cover    
93                                 Closer magazine: launch issue    
94                                 Zoo men's weekly magazine    
95                                 Grazia cover
96                                 Wonderland men's magazine    
97                                 Monocle launch cover    
98                                 Jellyfish first issue cover April 2007    
99                                 Monkey digital men's magazine 1    
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