This year in our HPB calendar, we’re celebrating all things printed and recorded—and played, solved, watched, etc. In other words, all the cool stuff we buy and sell in our stores.
For February, we’re covering a product that’s been a mainstay at HPB since we first opened: magazines.
1731 The Gentleman’s Magazine debuts in England. Its publisher invents the word “magazine” based on the Arabic word “makhazin,” meaning storehouse.
1741 Early American magazines include Ben Franklin’s General Magazine.
1842 The Illustrated London News is the first magazine with illustrations.
1898 Ladies’ Home Journal becomes the first US magazine to have one million subscribers.
1923 Time ushers in the weekly news magazine
1944 Seventeen, the first magazine targeted to teens, debuts.
2015 Approximately 7,300 different magazine titles are published in the United States.
DID YOU KNOW?
- In the 19th and 20th centuries, American magazines spread trends nationwide and helped create a shared pop culture.
- Around 1900, popular magazines like McClure’s began publishing pieces by reform-minded investigative journalists. Known as muckrakers, these writers aimed to expose corruption in business and government.
Life: The Classic Collection
Memos: The Vogue Years, Diana Vreeland
Covering the ‘60s: George Lois – The Esquire Era, George Lois
Muckrakers: How Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, And Lincoln Steffens Helped Expose Scandal, Inspire Reform, And Invent Investigative Journalism, Ann Bausum & Daniel Schorr
How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time, Marisa Meltzer
The Devil Wears Prada