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Magazines: a visual history
This page forms a visual history of British magazines from 1840 to the present day. 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 magazine design in Britain for the V&A Museum. The other is for the section on magazines since 1914 in the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume 7, for Cambridge University Press. Both books are sheduled to be published in autumn 2012 and will build on the extensive 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 make suggestions of 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 techniques and the advent of computerisation have all been important too.
and keep an eye on the blog for updates:
|2||July 1990 Garland cartoon Nicholas Ridley|
|5||1855: first colour Christmas supplement||
1874 Christmas number with colour cover
|6||Queen||as Harper's & Queen; but Queen title later dropped in favour of Harper's Bazaarr|
|8||Tit-Bits: the first mass market weekly||turns into porn title|
|The Harmsworth Monthly Pictorial Magazine/ London Magazine/ New London Magazine 1898-1933|
|20||As Parade, turns into porn title|
|Ideal Home 1920- founded by William Morris and Captain G.C. Clark|
|24||Time & Tide|
|32||Woman - launched as UK's first full colour weekly by Odhams on new gravure presses built in Watford|
|35||turns into porn title|