Magazine Covers – Pre-1920 – Part 1 (Magazines for girls, boys, and women)

So, magazine covers. I will try to do at least 1 post for each chronological subdivision, starting with pre-1920.

First, our oldest magazine cover, a very Victorian Scribner’s Illustrated Magazine, June 1874.

I must admit that I love the S's in "For Girls and Boys" though they do nothing to indicate playfulness or carefree childhood. Maybe it is for "naughty" girls and boys.

Next up, a patriotic Pearson’s from July 1900 featuring a very red, white, blue and  well-armed youth.

And how about this lot to accompany our youth; The Youth’s Companion, Thanksgiving Number for 1905.


Jumping ahead 7 years with the same title, we have a softer, better rouged youth’s companion.

“The starlight’s cheery gleam, the moonlight’s calm,” a B&W, angelic companion for a woman, January 1901.

I am not sure what this January 1905 edition of Good Housekeeping is depicting, a housewife stealing away into the night on ice skates, clutching her pillow?

That’s bizarre, there’s only one ‘a’ in Bazar:


Posted on April 7, 2011, in Magazine Covers, Picture Collection and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Regarding the January 1905 Good Housekeeping cover, I don’t think that’s a pillow the lady is carrying while skating — I think it’s a muff.

    PS Love your blog and I’m thrilled to have received the link to my Mentor magazine post!

    • Well, thank you for having the information! And for the compliment! Yeah, the Good Housekeeping cover…it’s such a strange image, with the midnight blue background and the ominous black shadow beneath her, and how her figure is so rigid…it’s almost as if you can detect a tear track down her cheek; which I know wasn’t the intention of the artist. Very strange. But you are right, it must be a muff.

      PS You have great info on your blog. Very impressive!

  2. always i used to read smaller articles which as well clear their motive, and that is also happening with this post which I am reading now.|

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