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30 Superb Examples Of Vintage Magazine Covers

As many of our readers already know, I’m a big fan of vintage artworks because when you see a gallery of old graphics it’s just like going to a museum: you can see the evolution of the basic principles of design, typography and advertising. In this article you can see a collection of 30 magazine covers which will show you what I mean.

Ainslee’s Magazine

Ainslee’s Magazine was an American literary periodical published from 1897 to 1926. It was originally published as a humor magazine called The Yellow Kid, based on the popular comic strip character. It was renamed Ainslee’s, the following year.

American Weekly

The American Weekly was a United States magazine published by the Hearst Corporation from November 1, 1896, until 1966. A Sunday newspaper supplement which published many sensationalist stories, it was initially named The American Magazine but soon changed to The American Weekly. The name was changed to Pictorial Living in 1963 before it was finally cancelled in 1966. Due to the low quality of the paper on which it was printed, many issues have been lost despite it boasting a 50,000,000 circulation. As a result, it has become a collectors item.

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest is an American monthly magazine. Its principal subject is interior design, not — as the name of the magazine might suggest — architecture more generally. The magazine is published by Condé Nast Publications and was founded in 1920, by the Knapp family, who sold it in 1993. Condé Nast also publishes 6 international editions. Architectural Digest is aimed at an affluent and style-conscious readership. It bills itself as the “International magazine of interior design”. Each issue is largely devoted to the critique and analysis of trends and fashions in interior design, interspersed with many advertisements, in much the same manner as Vogue, another Condé Nast publication. Every few years, the magazine announces its list of top 100 designers in the US and abroad.


BYTE magazine was an influential microcomputer magazine in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, because of its wide-ranging editorial coverage. Whereas many magazines from the mid-1980s had been dedicated to the MS-DOS (PC) platform or the Mac, mostly from a business user’s perspective, Byte covered technical developments in the entire field of “small computers and software”, and sometimes included in-depth features on other computing fields as well, such as supercomputers and high-reliability computing.

New Yorker

The New Yorker is an American magazine of reportage, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons and poetry published by Condé Nast. Starting as a weekly in 1925, the magazine is now published 47 times annually, with five of these issues covering two-week spans. Although its reviews and events listings often focus on the cultural life of New York City, The New Yorker has a wide audience outside of New York. It is well known for its illustrated and often topical covers, its commentaries on popular culture and eccentric Americana; its attention to modern fiction by the inclusion of short stories and literary reviews; its rigorous fact checking and copyediting; its journalism on world politics and social issues; and its single-panel cartoons sprinkled throughout each issue.





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