We have 8 webpages with more than 350 free online magazines & thousands of back issues of old magazines online free. On this page: Women’s magazines, Health & Fitness, Cooking, Home & Garden. See “Magazines” in the menu at the top of the page.
The Australian Women’s Weekly – Free Magazines Online
Sydney – Bauer Media Group
Published since 1933, Australian Women’s Weekly was for many years, and is again in 2019, the most read magazine in Australia. The most popular feature in the magazine is the recipe collection. For many years another popular feature was a pull-out TV guide. Top home magazines, Australian Women’s Weekly magazine back issues.
Cosmopolitan Magazine Online Free
U.S. – Hearst Communications
“Cosmopolitan is the lifestylist and cheerleader for millions of fun, fearless females. Cosmo inspires with information on relationships and romance, fashion and beauty, women’s health and well-being, as well as pop culture and entertainment.” – Cosmopolitan back issues online.
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Elle Magazine Free Online
U.S. – Hearst
“A worldwide lifestyle magazine of French origin that focuses on fashion, beauty, health and entertainment.” It was founded in 1945. Elle magazine online free, fashion magazine online, Elle magazine pdf.
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The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine Online Free
London; S.O. Beeton
“An Illustrated Journal, combining practical information, instruction, and amusement.”
The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine was launched by Samuel Beeton, husband of Mrs. Beeton, who was widely known in the 19th century for her books of household management. This changed the face of women’s magazines of the period, and can be claimed to have invented the popular women’s magazine. 19th century women’s magazines, Victorian women’s magazines, old women’s magazines.
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Entertainment Weekly Free Online Magazine
“An American magazine online free that covers film, television, music, Broadway theatre, books and popular culture.” -Wikipedia. The link has about 40 issues from 2015 to 2016. Entertainment Weekly Magazine back issues online.
Essence Magazine Online Free
“Essence magazine is a lifestyle publication for African American women of all ages, shapes, and cultures.” – Publisher. Essence magazine back issues, African American fashion magazines online.
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A free online “magazine”. “Since 1997, Facts.net is the biggest online facts collection site, an ever-growing knowledge base for the world’s most random and interesting facts. We have thousands of facts about nearly anything you could think of. With an affinity for research, we’re always looking at what’s happening now, what’s changing, and what’s emerging in the future.” -Website.
Hundreds of illustrated articles, arranged into broad categories such as Lifestyle, History, Nature, World, and Science, with many more subcategories. Almost every conceivable interest is covered.
Glamour Magazines Free Online
U.S.: Conde Nast
First published in April 1939 in the United States, it was for its first few years called ‘Glamour of Hollywood’. It last appeared in print in January 2019, but continues in an online version. Glamour magazine archive free, fashion magazines online free.
Godey’s Lady’s Book – Old Magazines Online
Godey’s Lady’s Book. This monthly was the most widely circulated magazine in the U.S. in the period before the Civil War, reaching a circulation of 150,000 in 1860 despite being more expensive than other monthlies. It was published by Louis A. Godey in Philadelphia from 1830 to 1878. Each issue contained poetry, articles and engravings created by prominent artists and writers. Also recipes submitted by readers, illustrations of current clothing fashions, crafts, family activities, games, and much else about daily life in 19th century America. A similar magazine, ‘Peterson’s, is also found on this webpage. 19th century women’s magazines, old women’s magazines, women’s magazines online.
Good Housekeeping Magazine – Old Magazines Online
The second link has a complete set to 1950; the first link is included because readers may find the user interface more comfortable. The 3rd link has about 20 issues from 2015-2016, from the U.S. and UK. “Good Housekeeping Magazine presents a diverse blend of articles on life-management, beauty care, cooking, shopping, holiday planning, and interior design for the average woman or mother. Each issue features enticing recipes for daily cooking or special occasions alongside useful tips for eating healthy and maintaining a fit figure. You’ll also find ideas for creative craft projects, maximizing space with smart storage options, and upgrading your home décor on any budget. Whether you have a spouse, children, or pets, Good Housekeeping Magazine provides timeless advice on building strong relationships and creating a healthy, advantageous environment for your loved ones.” – Good Housekeeping Magazine. Old women’s magazines, Good Housekeeping magazine back issues.
Harper’s Bazaar Magazine – Old Magazine Online
Vol 3 (1870) to Vol 57 (1922) Incomplete.
“Harper’s Bazaar magazine was founded in 1867, and it’s been guiding generations of women through the world of beauty and fashion ever since. It always features well-known names in the industry, including its own editors, writers, and photographers, to deliver you worthwhile advice. The articles are filled with information from legendary fashion designers and beauty experts to show you the best of the latest trends.” – Harper’s Bazaar Magazine back issues online, old women’s magazines.
House Beautiful Magazine Free Online
Hearst Magazine Media
Each image on this page opens an entire volume, typically with 6 months’ issues. Volume dates appear to range from 1930 to about 2008. They are not in chronological order.
“House Beautiful is an interior decorating magazine that focuses on decorating and the domestic arts. First published in 1896, it is currently published by the Hearst Corporation.” – Wikipedia. Magazines online free, House Beautiful magazine back issues.
Ladies’ Home Journal – Old Magazine
The Ladies’ Home Journal first appeared in 1883, and in 1903 became the first American magazine to reach 1 million subscribers. It was the most popular American women’s magazine through the 1950s, and then began to fall behind competitors in circulation. In 2014 it ceased publication as a monthly. 19th century women’s magazines, Ladies’ Home Journal back issues, old women’s magazines.
Mademoiselle Magazines Online Free
U.S., Conde Nast
Mademoiselle was a women’s magazine founded in 1935 by Street and Smith, and later acquired by Conde Nast publications. It was mainly a fashion magazine, but was also known for publishing short stories by many well-known authors. Mademoiselle was discontinued in 2001, with part of the staff moving over to Conde Nast’s Glamour magazine. Mademoiselle magazine back issues.
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Peterson’s Magazine – Old Magazine
The owners of the ‘Saturday Evening Post’ began publishing ‘The Ladies National Magazine’ in 1842 as a less expensive alternative to the popular magazine ‘Godey’s Lady’s Book’ (also on this webpage). The name was changed in 1855 to ‘Peterson’s Magazine’, and it continued under that title until 1892, ceasing publication in 1898. 19th century women’s magazines, old women’s magazines.
Redbook Magazine Free
U.S. – Hearst
Redbook was founded in 1903, soon becoming a popular women’s magazine specializing mainly in short fiction for women. Over the decades since it has changed editors and owners, as well as its focus, but remained a popular and respected magazine. It ceased print publication at the end of 2018. Redbook magazine archive.
Seventeen Magazine Free Online
Seventeen is an American bimonthly magazine based in New York City. Its audience is females from 13 to 19. Seventeen magazine free online.
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Us Weekly Magazine Online
U.S. – American Media Inc.
“Us Weekly Magazine covers film, video, television and contemporary music. It provides in-depth editorials on top personalities, events and developments current in the world of entertainment.” – Us Weekly Magazine back issues online.
Vibe Vixen Magazine Free
U.S.: Vibe Media
“VIBE Vixen is a magazine geared towards female readers of Vibe Magazine that covered fashion, beauty, dating, entertainment, sex, and societal issues for “urban minded females”.” – Wikipedia. Vibe Vixen magazine back issues, African American fashion magazine free.
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Vogue Magazine Online Free
NY: Conde Nast
“Vogue is an American monthly fashion and lifestyle magazine covering many topics, including fashion, beauty, culture, living, and runway. Based in New York City, it began as a weekly newspaper in 1892, before becoming a monthly magazine years later. As of today, there are 26 international editions” – Wikipedia. Vogue magazine back issues, old Vogue magazines pdf.
Woman’s Home Companion Magazine – Old Magazines Online
Closely resembles in appearance and contents the Delineator and the Ladies’ Home Journal, and, like them, popular in reading-rooms frequented by women. – – F. K. Walter, Periodicals for the Small Library, ALA 1918. 1900s women’s magazines.
Women of Color – Free Magazines Online
“A publication for today’s career women in business and technology.” – Women of Color Magazine free archives, old magazine.
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Women’s Fitness Magazine Online
The magazine appears to have originated with American Media Co. in the U.S., which also created Men’s Fitness Magazine. Women’s Fitness magazine free online.
Working Mother Magazine Online Free
“The magazine that helps career moms balance their personal and professional lives.” – Working Mother Magazine back issues.
Amateur Gardening Free Magazines Online
“Every week, Amateur Gardening is the first choice for both beginners and knowledgeable gardeners looking for advice and easy-to-follow practical features on growing flowers, trees, shrubs as well as fruit and vegetables. Be inspired, by our beautifully illustrated features covering plant and flower groups, both home grown and exotic, and take a sneak peek into some of the most beautiful private gardens around the country. Plus, every week we feature expert opinion and tips from some of gardening’s most influential exponents” – Publisher. Gardening magazines free online.
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Architectural Digest Free Magazines Online
Conde Nast, NY
Each image on this page opens an entire volume, with several months’ issues. Volume dates appear to range from the late 1960s to at least 2005. They are not in chronological order.
Architectural Digest Magazine has the subtitle “the International design authority”. “Architectural Digest is a vibrant monthly celebration of international design talents, innovative homes and products, inspiring decorating ideas, culture, and travel. Launched in 1920 as a California trade quarterly, the magazine evolved over the years, increasing in frequency and broadening in scope until it became the byword for living well.” – Architectural Digest website. Architectural Digest back issues free.
Arts & Crafts Homes and the Revival – Old Magazines Online
Massachusetts: Cruz Bay
“Arts & Crafts Homes inspires those building, renovating, or furnishing a home in the Arts & Crafts spirit, and celebrates the revival of quality and craftsmanship. ” – Publisher. Arts & Crafts homes magazine free.
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The Australian Women’s Weekly Magazine Online Free
Sydney – Bauer Media Group
Published since 1933, Australian Women’s Weekly was for many years, and is again in 2019, the most read magazine in Australia. The most popular feature in the magazine is the recipe collection. For many years another popular feature was a pull-out TV guide. Popular women’s magazines free.
Country Life Magazine – Old Online Magazines
The magazine began in 1901 with a target audience of people living in rural America, but changed its focus to city dwellers looking for ideas on country living. The 1904 issues are titled: Country Life in America; a magazine for the home-maker, the country gentleman, the farmer, the gardener, the nature-student, and the lover of clean athletics and sports. In 1911 it was titled Country Life in America, a magazine for the home-maker in the country. In 1917 the name changed to The New Country Life. It ceased production in 1942. Old magazine.
Dwell – Free Magazines Online
U.S.: Dwell Media
“Dwell is the first and only magazine to explore both the interiors and the exteriors of modern home design in a stylish, yet accessible way. With focus on a new modernistic approach to home design that offers identity, creativity and harmony. ” – Publisher. Home magazine archives free.
Early Homes Magazine Online Free
“Early Homes is a biannual special edition that focuses on the period 1690—1850 and it’s revivals, including Colonial and Neoclassical design. Each issue contains lavish photos and plenty of product sources.” – Early Homes Magazine. Early Homes magazine back issues.
Extreme How-To Free Online Magazine
U.S.: Latitude3 Media Group
“The Enthusiast’s Guide to Home Improvement. Since 2002, ExtremeHowTo.com has been a top destination for the latest information on tools, techniques, building materials, and home-improvement products. From residential and remodeling contractors to homeowners and do-it-yourselfers, our readers are serious about tackling a wide range of home-remodeling, landscaping, and automotive jobs.” – Publisher.
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Good Housekeeping – Old Magazine Online
The second link has a complete set to 1950; the first link is included because readers may find the user interface more comfortable. The 3rd link has about 20 issues from 2015-2016, from the U.S. and UK. “Good Housekeeping Magazine presents a diverse blend of articles on life-management, beauty care, cooking, shopping, holiday planning, and interior design for the average woman or mother. Each issue features enticing recipes for daily cooking or special occasions alongside useful tips for eating healthy and maintaining a fit figure. You’ll also find ideas for creative craft projects, maximizing space with smart storage options, and upgrading your home décor on any budget. Whether you have a spouse, children, or pets, Good Housekeeping Magazine provides timeless advice on building strong relationships and creating a healthy, advantageous environment for your loved ones.” – Good Housekeeping Magazine. Good Housekeeping magazine back issues.
Handyman Variety – Free Online Magazines
A mix of several titles, including Family Handyman, Workbench, and Home Handyman. DIY magazines free online.
The Home-Maker: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine – Old Magazines Online
NY: Home-Maker Pub. Co.
Mary Virginia Terhune (1830–1922), also known by her pen-name Marion Harland, was an American author who was prolific and bestselling in both fiction and non-fiction genres. Her book “Common Sense in the Household: A Manual of Practical Housewifery”, a cookbook and domestic guide for housewives, became a huge bestseller, eventually selling more than one million copies over several editions. -Wikipedia
Harland edited this magazine, which was apparently short-lived.
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Homes & Antiques Online Magazine Free
Bristol, UK: Immediate Media
“Homes & Antiques. Bringing together the best of the antiques, interior decoration and design worlds every month.” – Publisher.
House & Garden Magazine USA Online Free
House & Garden was an American shelter magazine published by Condé Nast Publications that focused on interior design, entertaining, and gardening. The U.S. version of this magazine was discontinued in 2007. House and Garden magazine archives free.
House Beautiful Free Online Magazines
Hearst Magazine Media
Each image on this page opens an entire volume, typically with 6 months’ issues. Volume dates appear to range from 1930 to about 2008. They are not in chronological order.
“House Beautiful is an interior decorating magazine that focuses on decorating and the domestic arts. First published in 1896, it is currently published by the Hearst Corporation.” – Wikipedia. Old magazines, House Beautiful magazine free.
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Ladies’ Home Journal – Old Online Magazines
The Ladies’ Home Journal first appeared in 1883, and in 1903 became the first American magazine to reach 1 million subscribers. It was the most popular American women’s magazine through the 1950s, and then began to fall behind competitors in circulation. In 2014 it ceased publication as a monthly. 19th century women’s magazines, Ladies’ Home Journal magazine back issues.
Log Home Living – Free Magazines Online
U.S.: Active Interest Media
“Log Home Living Magazine is the comprehensive authority for planning, building and living the log home dream. Each issue showcases a range of beautiful homes, and conveys a wealth of practical information on construction, design, maintenance, trends and decor. Log Home Living is inspirational and fun- always providing outstanding information and encouragement.” – Publisher.
Old House Interiors Magazine Online Free
Massachusetts: Cruz Bay
“Articles focusing on styles, projects, and ideas for old house interiors & decorative accessories, including furnishings, painting, wallpaper, ceilings, lighting, floors, and rugs.” – Publisher. Old House magazine free.
Old House Journal – Online Magazines Free
“The Original Restoration Magazine for people who are passionate about old houses to repair, rehabilitate, update, and decorate their homes; covering all classic American architectural styles, from the earliest Colonial-era buildings to grand Victorians of every variety to Arts & Crafts bungalows and mid-century ranches.” – Old House Journal.
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Organic Gardening Magazine Online Free
“Organic Gardening was published by Rodale, of Emmaus, PA, but has been discontinued. Free gardening magazine online.
Style at Home – Free Magazines Online
“Style at Home brings an exciting and stylish voice to the world of home decorating. The magazine offers readers advice on everything from design trends and decorating projects to renovation solutions and entertaining ideas.” – Publisher.
Suburban Life; the Countryside Magazine – Old Magazines Online Free
A popular lifestyle magazine at the beginning of the 20th century for affluent people who lived – or aspired to live – comfortably outside the city.
Better Nutrition Magazine Free
“Reaching nearly 1 million readers monthly, Better Nutrition celebrates 70 years as a leading in-store distributed magazine for health conscious consumers. Widely distributed to thousands of health-food stores and grocery chains across the country, Better Nutrition provides authoritative, well-researched information on food nutrition, dietary concerns, supplements and other natural products.” Better Nutrition Magazine online, Food & drink magazine. American magazines online free. Better Nutrition magazine back issues.
Bon Appetit – Free Magazines Online
“Bon Appétit is America’s #1 food and entertaining magazine. You’ll enjoy twelve months of great menus, cozy dinners, great advice and much more! Each issue is filled with delicious time-saving recipes, easy and elegant entertaining ideas, world class restaurant dishes made simple, and topped off by wine reviews and recommendations.” Bon Appetit Magazine back issues online. Food & drink magazine, Bon Appetit magazine archives online, digital magazines.
The Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics – Old Magazine Online
The Boston Cooking School was founded in 1879 by the Woman’s Educational Association of Boston to offer instruction in cooking to those who wished to earn their livelihood as cooks, or who would make practical use of such information in their families. In the 1880s the curriculum was broadened to include classes on nutrition, food chemistry and cookery for invalids. The school became world-famous following the 1896 publication of The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book by the school’s principal at the time, Fannie Merritt Farmer. That vintage cookbook became an American classic and has been repeatedly re-published; most recently in a Kindle edition in 2019. In 1914 the magazine’s name was changed to American Cookery. -info from Wikipedia. Boston Cooking School Magazine, cooking magazines online.
Cooking Light Magazine Free Online
U.S. Allrecipes Food Group
“Cooking Light magazine helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle by providing delicious low-calorie recipes and tips. Inside Cooking Light magazine, you’ll find a variety of recipes to suit any situation, including kid-friendly fare, vegetarian dishes, fast and easy meals, and comfort food. Beauty tips and simple yet effective workout ideas keep you looking great, while travel features inspire you to plan a healthy getaway.” – Publisher
Fine Cooking Magazine Online
“Fine Cooking magazine provides readers with the techniques and recipes needed to create a variety of great-tasting foods. Each issue includes numerous unique and delicious recipes as well as helpful tips and guidelines to ensure that each recipe you try at home turns out as beautiful and tasty as it appears in the magazine photos.” -Fine Cooking Magazine back issues online, online culinary magazines.
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Gourmet Magazine Free
This collection on Internet Archive appears to include most volumes from no. 17 (1957) to no. 67 (2007), but volumes do not appear in chronological order, so it is not clear if this is a complete set within those dates, or if there may be earlier or later volumes here.
“Gourmet magazine was a monthly publication of Condé Nast and the first U.S. magazine devoted to food and wine. Founded by Earle R. MacAusland (1890–1980), Gourmet, first published in January 1941, also covered “good living” on a wider scale.” The monthly magazine ceased publication after the November 2009 issue, but the Gourmet brand continues to be used by Condé Nast in a “series of special edition magazines, covering niches ranging from grilling and Italian food, to quick recipes, holiday foods, and comfort foods”. – Wikipedia entry. Gourmet Magazine back issues online. Food & drink magazine.
Saveur Magazine Free Online
U.S.: Meigher, World
Saveur was created by Dorothy Kalins, then editor-in-chief of Metropolitan Home magazine, in Summer 1994. Saveur was originally published six times a year by Meigher Communications in NYC. Kalins left in 2000 after the magazine was purchased by World Publications, based in Winter Park, Florida. – Info from Wikipedia.
Vegetarian Times – Free Magazines Online
“Vegetarian Times is an American magazine published nine times a year (three double issues) by Cruz Bay Publishing, Inc. The magazine’s audience consists of vegetarians, vegans, and “semi-vegetarians” who are focused on a healthy lifestyle. Vegetarian Times promotes an eco-friendly lifestyle with recipes, wellness information, cooking techniques, and information on “green” products. Half of the readership do not follow a strict vegetarian diet.” -Wikipedia. Vegetarian Times magazine online.
Better Nutrition Magazine Online
“Reaching nearly 1 million readers monthly, Better Nutrition celebrates 70 years as a leading in-store distributed magazine for health conscious consumers. Widely distributed to thousands of health-food stores and grocery chains across the country, Better Nutrition provides authoritative, well-researched information on food nutrition, dietary concerns, supplements and other natural products.” – Better Nutrition Magazine online, food & drink magazine free.
Men’s Fitness – Free Magazines Online
U.S.: American Media, UK: Dennis
“Men’s Fitness was a men’s magazine published by American Media, Inc and founded in the United States in 1987. The magazine’s slogan was “How the Best Man Wins”. The magazine targeted men ages 21–40 years and featured in-depth articles on fitness, nutrition, and sports, as well as sex tips, fashion advice, interviews, recipes, and surveys.” Dennis Publishing acquired the publishing rights in the UK and Ireland in 2009, and continues to publish it today. The U.S. version of the magazine was folded into Men’s Journal in 2017. – Wikipedia. Men’s Fitness magazine back issues.
Men’s Health Magazine Online Free
“Men’s Health (MH), published by Hearst, is the world’s largest men’s magazine brand, with 35 editions in 59 countries. It is also the best-selling men’s magazine on U.S. newsstands. Although originally started as a men’s health magazine, it currently covers various men’s lifestyle topics such as fitness, nutrition, fashion, and sexuality.” -Wikipedia.
“Men’s Health is the essential read for guys who want to be stronger, smarter, grittier and wealthier. Men’s Health is dedicated to providing the tools and practical solutions for success in all aspects of life.” – Men’s Health Magazine online. Men’s health & fitness magazines online.
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Muscle & Fitness Magazine Free Online
U.S.: JW Media
“An American fitness and bodybuilding magazine founded in 1935 by Canadian entrepreneur Joe Weider.” – Wikipedia. Muscle & Fitness magazine back issues.
Prevention Magazine Online Free
“Prevention is the ultimate live-better handbook. It’s the trusted go-to guide to feeling your best, head to toe, inside and out through trustworthy expert advice, fresh ideas, and health secrets. We bring the latest health research to real life, so you can be healthier, fitter, and stronger.” – Prevention Magazine online. Health magazines online.
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These issues are mostly from the UK and Australia and were published by or under license of Dennis Publishing in the UK. The magazine appears to have originated with American Media Co. in the U.S., which also created Men’s Fitness Magazine. Women’s Fitness magazine free online.
Women’s Health Magazine Online
“Empowering women to be the smartest, strongest versions of themselves through actionable and practical advice for her wellness journey.” – Women’s Health Magazine online. Women’s health and fitness magazine, Women’s Health magazine archives online, ladies health and fitness. American magazines online free.
Yoga Journal – Free Magazines Online
“No matter your personal yoga style or level, Yoga Journal brings you all of the top teachers, wisdom, and inspiration you need to grow your practice both on and off the mat. Yoga Journal focuses on the body-mind-spirit connection and its importance in all aspects of personal development. In every issue, you’ll find inspiring content packed with home practices, meditation techniques, anatomy instruction, nourishing recipes, and inspiring stories of yogis just like you.” – Yoga Journal. Yoga Journal free online.