Tales from the world of magazines

Women in the First World War
Women played a massive part in the First World War – and their taking over the roles of so many men was widely reflected in the magazines of the day. The changes affected all aspects of their lives ... Read more

The History of Men's Magazines
The launch of Loaded is the stuff of legend. It revolutionised magazines - and Dennis took 'lads' mags' to the US with Maxim. ... Read more

News magazines: 'I see a whale'
For Oz editor and Maxim founder Felix Dennis, What Car? was the original whale, but a news weekly really paid off … Read more

Manipulating photographs: secrets of the retouchers
More hair, smaller boobs, longer legs - photographs have beeen retouched and manipulated for a century … Read more

Robert Maxwell's European
Robert Maxwell proved to be a big con-man, but before falling off a yacht, he tried to launch a pan-European paper … Read more

Celebrity and the Press
One Saturday, Jonathan Ross came on Russell Brand's radio show to plug his book. They played a prank. The BBC received 2 complaints. Nothing was heard for a week. Then all hell broke loose ... Read more

Celebrity Price War
The first week of May 2004 saw the celebrity-based weeklies fighting for market share, with the main weapon being price. Read more

Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd played Liverpool in 1974 on their Wish You Were Here tour. The programme looked like a comic ... Read more

Timeline - A history of magazines
Read about developments in technology, distribution and corporate strategy as well as the influence of periodicals on culture. ... Read more

Not Private Eye and dodgy Maxwell
Rumours swirled around Robert Maxwell but, for most of the Press, he was a no-go zone. Private Eye mocked 'The Bouncing Czech' and faced one of the most vicious libel cases … Read more

Women’s weeklies: turned upside down since the 1980s
The traditional women's weeklies - based on the home and family - were shaken up in 1987 by German publishers. They hardly had time to draw breath when celebrities moved in … Read more

Car magazines 1993: a watershed
Top Gear became a bestseller for BBC/Redwood but Carweek lost Emap a fortune. How did it happen? … Read more

Emap launches Car Week
In July 1993, the advertising industry weekly Campaign reported that McCann-Erickson had been appointed to run a £3 million campaign for Carweek, Emap's biggest launch yet. ... Read more

Digital magazines: news and a history timeline
Digital magazines weren’t invented for Apple's iPad, publishers have been trying to create such a medium for decades – and there are still many systems vying for leadership ... Read more

Other people's stories
Guardian energy editor Terry Macalister went to an exhibition and found himself looking at his younger self on the cover of a punk fanzine from 35 years ago. Read the Guardian article here.

Life on She in the 1980s: She stood out from the crowd. It was unconventional, risqué, slightly mad and a lot of fun to work for and read. An Economist journalist recalls his time on the magazine in the 1980s. Read the Economist article here.