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Magazines: a visual history

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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.

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  1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
1 Gentlemen's Magazine 1713-1914: Samuel Johnson's Dictionary credited this as coining the term 'magazine'                                  
2 Spectator, 1828-: claims to be the oldest continuously-published magazine in the English language                             July 1990 Garland cartoon Nicholas Ridley    
3 Economist                     Economist 1959     Economist 1980   Economist Paulson London Opinion Leete echo  
4 Punch                     Punch   Punch   Punch reborn, 1996-2001    
5 Illustrated London News, 1842-: established model for illustrateed weekly news magazine 1855: first colour Christmas supplement  

1874 Christmas number with colour cover

                ILN     ILN    
6     Queen             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 Bazaarr   2006: Harpers and Queen drops Queen from title  
7       Vanity Fair   Vanity Fair          

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: the first mass market weekly           Tit-bits 1881-: George Newnes establishes model of rewriting material from many sources, using cheap newsprint and heavy marketing to sell in volume 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
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
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     Tatler Christmas issue from 1934 Tatler & Bystander from 1943 Tatler & Bystander in 1955 Tatler relaunched as London Life 1965-67: Ian Drury cover Tatler January 1979 Tatler in 1982 revitalised by Tina Brown     Tatler eugenie
18             John Bull John Bull   John Bull's Bullets 1935 John Bull John Bull Today John Bull Weekend        
19             Woman's World                      
              1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
20               Blighty for the troops 1914-19     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
                  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       Time and Tide cover sept 1965 Spare Rib        
25                 London Life London Life London LIfe Marlene Dietrich 1934 London Life

London Life

         
26                 Humorist The Humorist in 1939                
27                 Good Housekeeping                 Good Housekeeping November 2005 Nigella Lawson
28                 Radio Times Radio Times   Radio Times Radio Times Radio Times Radio Times Radio Times   Radio Times
29                 Melody Maker       melody maker       Melody Maker music magazine cover  
                  1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
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
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
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 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
                          1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
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
58                             City Limits first issue cover 1981 City Limits 12 April 1990    
                              i-D 1980 firstt issue   i-D magazine 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                             Mixmag Mixmag Mixmag clubbing magazine cover  
63                             -D February 1984      
64                             InterCity Magazine first issue of the contract magazine in 1985 Freddie Laker's Skylines in 1981 Contract magazines
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                             Acorn User  July 1982 first issue      
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
79                               Sleazenation Sleazenation Che Guevara  
80                               Frank first issue cover    
81                               Big Issue    
82                                  
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
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  
  1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010

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