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Magazine of American History – Old Magazines Online Free

Vol 1 – 30 (1877- 1893)

Index 1877-1893

Vol 30-32, 38-46 (1902-1904, 1910-1916)

Boston

The Magazine of American History with Notes and Queries was established as a monthly in 1877 by non-academic historians Martha J. Lamb (who served as editor), Nathan G. Pond, and John A. Stevens. It ceased publication in 1893. In 1901 the magazine was re-started as simply The Magazine of American History, and lasted through Volume 47 in 1917. Not all volumes of old magazines in this archive were found online. 19th century American magazines, Vintage magazines online, 1900s magazines.

American Historical Review – Old Magazines Online Free

Vol 1 (1895) – Vol 28 (1923)

New York

“The American Historical Review (AHR) is the official publication of the American Historical Association (AHA). The AHA was founded in 1884 and chartered by Congress in 1889 to serve the interests of the entire discipline of history. Aligning with the AHA’s mission, the AHR has been the journal of record for the historical profession in the United States since 1895 – one of the few journals in the world that brings together scholarship from every major field of historical study.” -Website of American Historical Review.

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American Magazine

Vol 1-96 (1876-1923)

Vol 41

Vols. 80-84

New York

The first link has all archive volumes from 1 to 96 (1876-1923) except those at the other two links.
The American Magazine was founded in 1906 as a continuation of a failed publication purchased from publishing mogul Miriam Leslie. It began as Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly in 1876 and went through two more name changes prior to 1906. When new management took over in 1906, highly respected muckraking journalists Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens and Ida M. Tarbell left McClure’s (also found on this web page) for American Magazine. Baker used the pseudonym David Grayson (but sometimes also used his own name). Besides social issues, American Magazine also focused on human interest stories and fiction. – information from Wikipedia.

The American Mercury – Old Magazines Free Online

1924-1960

New York

An American magazine published from 1924 to 1981; this online magazine archives has issues through the 1950s. It was founded as the brainchild of H. L. Mencken and drama critic George Jean Nathan. The magazine featured writing by some of the most important writers in the United States through the 1920s and 1930s. After a change in ownership in the 1940s, the magazine attracted conservative writers. A second change in ownership a decade later turned the magazine into a virulently anti-Semitic publication. It was published monthly in New York City. The magazine went out of business in 1981, having spent the last 25 years of its existence in decline and controversy.” – Wikipedia.

American Motorist – Old Magazines Online Free

Vols 1,2,4,5,8,9,10,11,12,13,14

Vols 6,7,8,9,10,13,14,15,16

Washington, DC

All volumes from 1909 to 1924 except Vol. 3 (1911) are at the two links.
“Magazine published by major membership organization for drivers (American Automobile Association); contains many ads as well as articles chronicling the growth of the automobile industry. Each issue provides copious additional information on the building of roads, tourism, touring, and tourist camps, exemplary motorists and good driving skills, as well as other related topics.” – Library of Congress American Memory site. Online vintage magazines.

American Railroad Journal – Vintage Magazines Online

Vol 1

First Group

Second Group

New York

An excellent source for early railroad history in the U.S., this vintage magazine was established in 1831, at the very beginning of the railroad era. Vol 2 and most subsequent volumes until 1876 are at the two group links. The sequence of volumes is confusing, as a second and then a third series began appearing during the 1840s, and sometimes volume numbers for two series appear on the magazine. It appeared for a time as American Railroad Journal and Mechanics’ Magazine. 19th century American magazines.

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American Review of Reviews – Free Old Magazines

Vol 2 (Jul-Dec 1890)

Vol 3 (1891) – Vol 68 (1923)

New York

Vintage magazine free online known at various times as the American Monthly Review of Reviews and Review of Reviews, but not to be confused with its British counterpart, also entitled Review of Reviews. According to a profile in Wikipedia, the American Review of Reviews “…represented the views and concerns of participants in the trans-Atlantic culture of progressive reform…”, and is “…one of the best primary sources on American reform between 1890 and 1920, providing not only a panoramic view of the range of reformers’ interests, but also the ties between British and American progressives.”

Atlantic Monthly Magazine – Old Magazine Online

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Late 1980s to at least 2007

U.S., Atlantic Monthly

Volumes run from the late 1980s to at least 2007, and are not in chronological order.
For more than 160 years, The Atlantic has been the premier magazine for coverage and analysis of current events, international affairs, and culture. A great deal has changed since Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, and Harriet Beecher Stowe planned the first issue in 1857. But since its inception, The Atlantic has given voice to some of the most provocative ideas of its time, from Henry David Thoreau’s blunt naturalism to Martin Luther King’s calls for justice. Today, the magazine maintains an unwavering commitment to publishing authors whose ideas help move society forward. Read magazines online free PDF.

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Book Review Digest – Vintage Magazine PDF

Vols 1-18

NY: H.W. Wilson

The link has all volumes from 1 to 18 (1905-1923). Vol 17 (1922) has a cumulative index covering 1917-1921. The Digest was “devoted to the valuation of current literature”. Each annual volume covers select books published in the previous year, and each book entry contains snippets (often 50-100 words) from several reviews found in a search of over 50 publications. American magazines 1900s.

The Bookman; an Illustrated Literary Journal – Vintage Magazine Online

Vol 1 (Feb-Jul 1895) to Vol. 56 (Feb 1923)

Vol 8 (Sep 1898-Feb 1899)

Vol 9 (Mar-Aug 1899)

New York

“Illustrated articles on literary biography, criticism and literary history with occasional discussions of art. Sprightly in tone and very useful for study clubs. The book reviews, which vary from detailed criticism to mere comment, are much used by libraries and bookmen generally. Since February 1917, the scope has been widened to include more articles on general political and social subjects.” – F. K. Walter, Periodicals for the Small Library, ALA 1918.

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The Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics – Free Old Magazines

Vol 1 (1896-1897

Vol 2 (1897-1898)

Vol 3 (1898-1899)

Vol 4 (1899-1900)

Vol 5 (1900-1901)

Vol 6 1901-1902)

Vol 8 (1903-1904)

Vol 7 (Jun 1902) to Vol 26 (1921-1922)

Boston

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.

Century – Old Magazines Online Free

Vol 1 (1870 – Vol 107 (1924)

New York

The Century Magazine was first published in the United States in 1881 by The Century Company of New York City. It was the successor of Scribner’s Monthly Magazine (not to be confused with Scribner’s Magazine) and ceased publication in 1930. It gave much space to illustrated articles on history, and to literary criticism, fiction, poetry, literature, and current affairs. It reached its peak in circulation in the 1890s, when it was the largest periodical in the country. This was followed by a gradual loss of 90% of its subscribers by 1930. -info from Wikipedia. Read old magazines online, free online magazines. Century Magazine free online. 19th century American magazines, read online magazines.

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Chatterbox – Free Old Magazines

1872-1923

London, UK: Wells, Gardner, Darton

Chatterbox was founded in 1866 by British clergyman John Erskine Clarke as a weekly ‘paper’ for children of both genders at around their pre-teens. Clarke edited Chatterbox until 1902, and publication continued until 1955. Each issued contains a mix of short stories, serialized novels, and nonfiction pieces. Issues also contained numerous drawn illustrations. – Info from Victorian Voices.net

Collier’s National Weekly – Old Magazines Online Free

Vol 28 (1901) – Vol 72 (1923) Incomplete

Vol 41 (1908) – Vol 61 (1918) Incomplete

1926-1957

New York

Popular American news magazine from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1950s. “An aggressive illustrated weekly devoted to current events. Radical but attempts to present opponent’s viewpoint also. Also includes short stories and serials and occasional poems.”
– – F. K. Walter, Periodicals for the Small Library, ALA 1918. Colliers magazine. Read magazines online free pdf.

Cosmopolitan – Old Magazines Free Online

Cosmopolitan Magazine Website

2015-2016

1886-1924

U.S. – Hearst Communications

“Cosmopolitan magazine 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.

Country Life – Vintage Magazine PDF

1901-1923

Remaining Issues

New York

All volumes from 1 to 42, except 3, 24 and 28, can be found at the first link. The three missing volumes, and many others, are at the second link.
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. Vintage magazines PDF.

DeBow’s Review – Vintage Magazines Online

Vol 1 (Old series) – Vol 7 (New Series) (1846-1869)

New Orleans

DeBow’s Review was An important and influential old magazine of the southern U.S. “Prior to the American Civil War of 1861-1865, the journal contained everything from agricultural reports, statistical data, and economic analysis to literature, political opinion, and commentary. The magazine took an increasingly pro-Southern and eventually secessionist perspective in the late 1850s and early 1860s. It defended slavery in response to abolitionism, published an article in the 1850s that urged the South to resume the African slave trade, and advocated southern nationalism as the Civil War approached.” – Wikipedia. DeBow’s Review.

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The Dial – Old Magazines Online Free

Vols I-IV (1840-1844) & Vols 1-73 (1880-1922)

Chicago, New York

‘The Dial Magazine’ was established in 1840 as a Transcendentalist magazine, edited by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller. It ceased publication in 1844. In Chicago in 1880 the editor and publisher Francis F. Browne gave his new journal of literary criticism and politics the same name, claiming it was in the same tradition. It achieved national prominence and was the most respected magazine of its type in the Midwest, before declining after 1910. In 1918 it was moved to New York and again became very influential, publishing important artwork, poetry and fiction. 19th century American magazines online free. The Dial Magazine.

The Economist – Vintage Magazine Online

Magazine Website

2014-2021

1843-2004 (Black & White)

UK – The Economist Group

Founded in England in 1843. A weekly news magazine that “takes an editorial stance of classical and economic liberalism that supports free trade, globalisation, free immigration and cultural liberalism.” – Wikipedia. The Economist magazine back issues.

Education – Old Magazines Online Free PDF

Vol 1 – 43 (1880-1923)

Boston

Subtitle: “A Monthly Magazine devoted to the Science, Art, Philosophy and Literature of Education”. Founded in 1880 by Thomas W. Bicknell (1834-1925), who had recently edited the weekly New England Journal of Education from 1875 to 1880. A Rhode Island native, Bicknell worked as a principal at grammar and high schools for a number of years before being named Commissioner of Public Schools in Rhode Island in 1869. He was a progressive in education and a strong proponent of public schools.

The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine – Old Magazines Online

Vol 2 (1853-4) – Series 2 Vol 4 (1861-2)

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.

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Everybody’s Magazine – Free Old Magazines

Vol 1 – 49 (1899-1923)

NY: North American Company

According to the Magazine’s entry in Wikipedia, Everybody’s Magazine was founded by Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker in 1899, who had little role in its operations. It published a mix of non-fiction and fiction. In 1903, with a circulation of 150,000, it was sold to a group headed by Erman Jesse Ridgeway. A series of muckraking articles called “Frenzied Finance” in 1904 boosted circulation to over 500,000, and it stayed above that mark for many years, while changing its content to mainly fiction. Everybody’s Magazine. 1900s magazines free online.

The Fortnightly Review – Vintage Magazines PDF

Vol 1 (1865) – Vol 118 (1922)

London: Chapman and Hall

“The Fortnightly Review was one of the most prominent and influential magazines in nineteenth-century England. It was founded in 1865 by Anthony Trollope, Frederic Harrison, Edward Spencer Beesly, and six others with an investment of £9,000; the first edition appeared on 15 May 1865. George Henry Lewes, the partner of George Eliot, was its first editor, followed by John Morley. – Wikipedia.

Godey’s Lady’s Book – Old Free Magazines Online

Vols 1-136 (1830-1898)

Philadelphia

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. Godey’s Lady’s Book.

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Good Housekeeping – Free Old Magazine

Magazine Website

1885-1923 at HathiTrust

1885-1925 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

1885-1950 at Cornell University

2015-2016

Holyoke, Mass

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.

Harper’s Bazaar – Vintage Magazine PDF

Magazine Website

1870-1922

New York

1st Link: 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.

Harper’s – Old Magazines Free Online

Magazine Website

Vol 1 (1850) – Vol 147 (1923) Incomplete

More issues before 1923

1851 to 2010 at UNZ

200+ Volumes up to about 2006 (not in Chronological Order)

New York

“Harper’s Magazine is a monthly magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts. Launched in June 1850, it is the second-oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the U.S. – Wikipedia.

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The Home-Maker: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine

Vol. 1. October 1888 – March 1889

NY: Home-Maker Pub. Co.

Mary Virginia Terhune (1830–1922), also known by her penname 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. 19th century women’s magazines.

The Horseless Age – Vintage Magazines Online

Vol 1 (1895) – Vol 44 (1918) Incomplete

New York

Automobile Trade Magazine 1895-1918. This was the first magazine to cover conveyances powered by internal combustion engines.

House & Garden – Old Magazines Free Online

Vol 1 (1901) – Vol 44 (1923)

Appr. 1925-1990 Miscellaneous Volumes

New York

House & Garden is an American shelter magazine published by Condé Nast Publications that focuses on interior design, entertaining, and gardening.

The Independent – Vintage Magazines

Vol 50 (1898) – Vol 109 (1922)

New York

“Originally a religious weekly but now a weekly magazine devoted principally to discussions of current events and tendencies. Both sides of controverted questions are usually represented and briefs of debates on current questions are frequently included. Used in many high schools in the study of literature, history and civics.” – F. K. Walter, Periodicals for the Small Library, ALA 1918.

Ladies’ Home Journal – Old Magazines Online Free

Vol 3-6 (Dec 1885 – 1889)

Vol 7-11 (1889-1894), Vol 15 (1897-98), most issues 1921-22

Miscellaneous volumes from about 1944 to 2000

Philadelphia

“The most widely read of the women’s magazines and as popular in reading rooms as for home use. The serials and short stories are always moral in purpose and often of considerable literary merit. Biography, current social movements and social reform are well represented. Personal hygiene and personal ethics, in all their phases are included in every, number. Many distinct departments deal with every side of domestic life from cooking, holiday and other entertainments, dressmaking and millinery to house planning and decoration. Much criticised for the very obvious character of much of its ethical teaching and other advice, and so widely read by all classes as to be nearly superfluous in many smaller libraries.”
– – F. K. Walter, Periodicals for the Small Library, ALA 1918

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.

The Lakeside Monthly Magazine – Vintage Magazine Online PDF

Vols 1-4, 7-9 (1869-1873)

Vols 6-11 (1871-1874)

Chicago

‘The Lakeside Monthly’, which ran from 1869 to 1874, was edited by Francis Fisher Browne. It was the predecessor to Browne’s more successful Chicago literary magazine ‘The Dial’, which began in 1880 (also found on this webpage). Issues contain non-fiction, fiction, poetry and book reviews. Included were nonfiction articles about Chicago, including a section called “The Rebuilding of the City’ on page 281 of Volume 8 (Oct 1872), which describes the restoration of Chicago in the wake of the great fire of October 1871.

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Library Journal – Vintage Magazine Online Free

Magazine Website

Vol 1 (1876) – Vol 47 (1922)

Many volumes from 1930 to about 2007

New York

Official organ of the Library Associations of America and the United Kingdom, Nov. 1877 – June 1882; of the American Library Association, July 1882-Aug. 1907.

Life Magazine

1883-1922

1936-1972

Chicago

Vol 1 (Jan-Jun 1883)-Vol 82 (Jul-Dec 1923). Nearly all volumes in the range appear to be at the first link. Vol 1 (Nov 1936)- Vol 73 (Dec 1972) are at the second link, on a site provided by the magazine.
Life was published as a weekly magazine from 1883 to 1972. It was initially a humor and general interest / light entertainment magazine, similar to the British magazine Puck. In 1936 it was acquired by Henry Luce, who changed the focus to news and particularly to photojournalism.

Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine – Vintage Magazines

Vols 1-97 (1868-1916)

Philadelphia

Lippincott’s began life in 1868 as ‘Lippincott’s Magazine of Literature, Science, and Education’. It moved to New York in 1915 and was renamed McBride’s. A year later it disappeared, absorbed into Scribner’s Magazine (also found on this Web page).

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McClure’s Magazine

Vol 1 (1893) – Vol 55 (1923)

New York

McClure’s magazine (1893-1929) is credited with having started the tradition of muckraking journalism (investigative, watchdog or reform journalism), and helped shape the moral compass of the day. The magazine featured both political and literary content, publishing serialized novels-in-progress, a chapter at a time. In this way, McClure’s published such writers as Willa Cather, Arthur Conan Doyle, Herminie T. Kavanagh, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Lincoln Steffens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Mark Twain. Examples of its work include Ida Tarbell’s series in 1902 exposing the monopoly abuses of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company, and Ray Stannard Baker’s earlier look at the United States Steel Corporation, which focused the public eye on the conduct of corporations. – Wikipedia. 

Motion Picture Magazine

Vol 1 (1911) – Vol 40 (1931), incomplete

Vol 1 (1911) – 36 (1929)

Vol 30 (1925) – 40 (1931)

Brooklyn, NY

This monthly fan magazine was founded by Vitagraph Studios founder J. Stuart Blackton and partner Eugene V. Brewster, and was called The Motion Picture Story Magazine until the name was shortened in 1914. Early editions included fiction and information about getting involved in film production. It then shifted the focus to celebrities, and attracted a larger female readership.

Motor Age Magazine – Old Online Magazine

Vol 5 (1904) – Vol 42 (1922) Incomplete

Chicago

An early weekly trade publication that covered automotive industry news and auto racing.

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Vol 3 (1908) – Vol 18 (1922) Incomplete

New York

“Devoted to the Development of Motorcycling in America”.

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The Nation – Old Magazine Free

Magazine Website

1865-1922

New York

The location at the link appears to contain nearly all volumes from 1 (1865) to 115 (1922). Included is a 2-volume index for 1865-1917.
The Nation is the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the U.S., and was a successor to abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison’s Liberator. It was established in 1865 in Manhattan, and established a reputation for taking on reform causes. In 1881 it was acquired by Henry Villard, who transformed it into a weekly literary supplement for his daily newspaper New York Evening Post. -from info at Wikipedia.
“The Nation is America’s oldest weekly magazine and is independently published. The Nation speaks to an engaged audience as a champion of civil liberties, human rights, and economic justice.” – The Nation Magazine.

National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic Magazine Website

Magazines 1888-2007 – With Index

Washington DC: National Geographic

““National Geographic Magazine, the flagship magazine of the National Geographic Society, chronicles exploration and adventure, as well as changes that impact life on Earth. Editorial coverage encompasses people and places of the world, with an emphasis on human involvement in a changing universe. Major topics include culture, nature, geography, ecology, science and technology.” – National Geographic Magazine

Nation’s Business Magazine – Old Magazines Online Free

1914-1999

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The Nation’s Business, founded in 1914, was the publication of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the leading national organization of American business. The print magazine folded in 1999, although the organization continues.

New England Magazine

Vol 1-6; Series 2 Vol 1-56 (1884-1917)

Boston

This publication began in 1884 as The Bay State Monthly; subtitled “A Massachusetts Magazine of Literature, History, Biography, and State Progress”. Beginning with Volume 4 the title became The New England Magazine. After volume 6 it was issued as a “New Series” with NS Vol 1 containing issues from September 1889 – Feb 1890. The page linked here has all volumes from 1884 to 1917, when it ceased publication. New England Magazine.

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The New Republic; A Journal of Opinion

Magazine Website

Vol 1 (1914) – Vol 36 (1923)

New York

“Discusses every important phase of social or literary activity. Literary and dramatic criticism receive much attention. The candor and fearlessness of its articles excite much criticism but increase its value in any controversy of current interest.” – – F. K. Walter, Periodicals for the Small Library, ALA 1918.

Newsweek – Free Old Magazines

Magazine Website

1936-2008 (Incomplete)

60+ Issues from 2015 & 2016; U.S. and EU editions

Newsweek 1973-1996 (Most issues) Black & White

U.S. – Newsweek

“This weekly news magazine covers the national and global news front through news, commentary and analysis. It includes national and international affairs, business, lifestyle, society, the arts, politics, the economy, personal business, the Washington scene, health, science and technology.” – Newsweek Magazine.

Niles’ Weekly Register – Vintage Magazines Online

Vol 1 (1811) – Vol 75 (1849)

Baltimore, MD

“Containing political, political, historical, geographical, scientifical, statistical, economical, and biographical documents, essays and facts; together with notices of the arts and manufactures, and a record of the events of the times.”
Vols 5, 7-9, 15-16, 23, 38 and 43 contain supplements.
Hezekiah Niles (1777-1839) was the editor until 1836, when he was succeeded by his son, William Ogden Niles. Jeremiah Hughes bought the Register in 1839 and edited it until it was discontinued in 1849.

“… in the first half of the 19th century, the Register was as well-known as the New York Times and Washington Post are known today. From 1811 to 1849, it was the principal window through which many Americans looked out on their country and the world. The scope of the work was immense, its circulation was large (the largest in the United States, by some accounts) … “
– W.H. Earle, “Niles Register, 1811-1849: Window on the World” Website (defunct).

The Nineteenth Century – Free Old Magazine

Vol 1 (1877) – Vol 48 (1900)

London: Henry S. King & Co.

“‘The Nineteenth Century Magazine’ was a British monthly literary magazine founded in 1877 by Sir James Knowles. Many of the early contributors to The Nineteenth Century were members of the Metaphysical Society. The journal was intended to publish debate by leading intellectuals.
In 1901 the title was changed to ‘The Nineteenth Century and After’, and was again changed in 1951 to The ‘Twentieth Century’. The magazine continued until 1972. – Wikipedia. 

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The Nineteenth Century and After – Old Magazine Free Online

Vol 49 (1901) – Vol 96 (1924)

London: Henry S. King & Co.

Originally known at ‘The Nineteenth Century’, this British magazine was renamed ‘The Nineteenth Century and After’ in the 1901 issue.

North American Review – Vintage Magazine PDF

Vol 1(May-Sep 1815 ) to Vol 218 (Jul-Dec 1923)

1821 to 1939

Boston

The first link, in HathiTrust, has a very large number of issues from 1815 to 1922. The second link (UNZ) appears to contains many issues from 1821 to 1887, and a nearly complete run of issues from 1888 to 1939.

“One of America’s leading literary journals of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Early contributors included William Cullen Bryant, Daniel Webster, John Adams, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Francis Parkman. Two of the Review‘s best-known editors, in the 1860s and 1870s, were James Russell Lowell and Henry Adams. In the late 1870s, under new ownership, the Review was transformed into a national periodical noted “for its critical influence and outstanding writing concerning social and political issues”. Contributors then included William Gladstone, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain and H.G. Wells.” – Encyclopedia Britannica online

Old Radio Times – Free Old Magazine

Magazine Website

2005-2021 Old Radio Times Archive

2005-2013 Internet Archive

U.S.: Old Radio Times Researchers Group

“The ‘Old Radio Times’ is the official publication of the Old Time Radio Researchers. Every two months readers are treated to informational and entertaining features by the hobby’s best writers and researchers. Articles are varied, but are centralized on events surrounding the Golden Age of Radio. Topics include, but are not limited too, how shows were produced, bios and events in OTR personalities lives, detailed series descriptions and information, current research techniques, transcribing techniques, rare OTR photographs, OTR editorials, and much more.” – Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

Outing. An Illustrated Monthly Magazine of Recreation

Vol 1 (1882)

Vol 2 (1883)

Vol 3 (1883) – Vol 82 (1923)

Boston

A late 19th- and early 20th-century American magazine covering a variety of sporting activities. It began publication in 1882 as the Wheelman “an illustrated magazine of cycling literature and news” and had four title changes before ceasing publication in 1923. It was initially published for bicycling enthusiasts by the owner of the Pope Co., a bicycle manufacturer, but soon broadened its subject matter. -from info in Wikipedia.

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The Outlook Magazine

Vol 48 (1893) to Vol 135 (1923)

New York

“One of the best-known weeklies dealing with current events. Continuation of the Christian Union, which forms volumes 1-47 of the series. Each number is illustrated. Contains discussions of and editorial comments on social and political matters with one or more rather lengthy literary articles. The editorials are able and the whole magazine reflects the personality of its editorial staff. Strongly in favor of social reforms but not inclined toward drastic measures. A very timely reference aid on current events and much used for this purpose in high schools.” – F. K. Walter, Periodicals for the Small Library, ALA 1918.

Overland Monthly – Vintage Magazine PDF

1868-1922

San Francisco

Monthly. First Series: Vol 1 (Jul-Dec 1868) to Vol 15 (Jul-Dec 1875). Series Two: Vol 1 (Jan-Jun 1883) to Vol 79 (Jan-Jun 1922)
Edited by Bret Harte, the Overland Monthly; devoted to the Development of the Country began production in 1868 in San Francisco and continued through 1875. It contained non-fiction, short stories and poetry. In 1880 the publishers founded the Californian, which then became the Californian and Overland Monthly and in 1883 was re-titled the Overland Monthly. In 1923 it merged with the magazine Out West, and continued until 1935. Some writers associated with the magazine were Alice Cary, Jack London, Mark Twain and Henry George.
— Information from Wikipedia entry for “Overland Monthly”.

Pan American – Free Old Magazine

Vol 6 (1908) – Vol 36 (1923)

Washington, D.C.

The Pan-American Magazine and New World Review was a monthly that was founded in 1900 and edited by W. W. Razor in London. It contained economic news and travel articles about South and Central America.

Peterson’s – Free Vintage Magazine

Vols 13 – 100 (1848-1891)

New York

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.

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Photoplay – Free Old Magazines

1914-1946

Chicago: McFadden Publications

Photoplay was one of the first American film fan magazines. It was founded in 1911 in Chicago, the same year that J. Stuart Blackton founded Motion Picture Story, a magazine also directed at fans. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s Photoplay was the most popular magazine in the genre.

Radio Guide – Free Old Magazines

1932-1943

NY Radio Guide

Radio Guide published listings of network radio programming schedules, with articles about the stars, stations and networks. It began in late 1931 and changed names to “Movie and Radio Guide” in 1940; then ceased publication in 1943.

Radio Mirror – Free Old Magazine

1933-1953

NY – Syndicate Management Corp.

A monthly magazine for listeners that began publication in late 1933. It changed names a few times, and was finally “Radio & TV Mirror’ in 1952-1953.

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Railroad Gazette – Free Online Old Magazines

Vol 2 (1870) to Vol 44 (1908)

Vol. 45 (1908) to Vol 75 (1923)

New York

“A Journal of Transportation, Engineering and Railroad News”. It was sometimes known as the Railroad Age Gazette and Railway Age

Review of Reviews – Vintage Magazines

New York

See the American Review of Reviews above on this page.

Saturday Evening Post – Old Magazine

Magazine Website

1899-1925

U.S.

“The Saturday Evening Post is an American magazine, currently published six times a year. It was issued weekly under this title from 1897 until 1963, then every two weeks until 1969. From the 1920s to the 1960s, it was one of the most widely circulated and influential magazines within the American middle class, with fiction, non-fiction, cartoons and features that reached millions of homes every week. The magazine declined in readership through the 1960s, and in 1969 The Saturday Evening Post folded for two years before being revived as a quarterly publication with an emphasis on medical articles in 1971. As of the late 2000s, The Saturday Evening Post is published six times a year by the Saturday Evening Post Society, which purchased the magazine in 1982. The magazine was redesigned in 2013.” – Wikipedia.

St. Nicholas – Vintage Magazine

Vol 1 (1874) – Vol 50 (1923)

New York

“One of the best and most popular magazines for young people. Includes well-illustrated short stories, series and articles on biography, history and travel, outdoor life and nature study. The articles are almost always interesting, wholesome and well written. Even the special pages of pictures, rhymes and short stories for small children are above the average merit of most similar attempts.” -F. K. Walter, Periodicals for the Small Library, ALA 1918.

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School and Society – Old Magazines

Vol 1 (1915) – Vol 16 (1922)

New York

“A weekly journal treating all phases of education and its social service.” – – F. K. Walter, Periodicals for the Small Library, ALA 1918.

Scientific American – Old Magazine Online Free

Magazine Website

Vol 2 (1846)- Vol 126 (1922) (Hathitrust)

1845-1909 (Internet Archive)

New York

“As the oldest continuously published magazine in the country, Scientific American magazine has been reporting on the latest breakthroughs in all areas of science since 1845. Respected and influential, it is known for making cutting-edge information accessible to the educated reader. From the latest in alternative energy technology to groundbreaking medical advances, the magazine explores and explains innovative developments, including what they mean to you.” – Scientific American Magazine.

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Scribner’s – Vintage Magazine PDF

1887-1923

New York

Vol 1 (Jan-Jun 1887) to Vol 74 (Jul-Dec 1923).
Scribner’s Magazine was produced by the publisher Charles Scribner’s Sons from 1887 to 1939, which also produced Scribner’s Monthly (later renamed Century Illustrated, and found on this web page). Scribner’s Magazine was launched to compete with Harper’s Monthly and Atlantic Monthly (both are found on this web page). Editor Edward Bulingame hired top artists to illustrate it, including Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish and Frederic Remington, and the magazine became known for the outstanding quality of its many illustrations. Many well-known writers contributed, including Jacob Riis, Theodore Roosevelt and John Galsworthy.
– from information in the Wikipedia entry.

Silver Screen – Vintage Magazines Online Free PDF

Vol 1 Vol 2 Vol 4a Vol 4b Vol 5b Vol 6a

Vol 6b Vol 7a Vol 7b Vol 8a Vol 8b Vol 9a

Vol 9b Vol 10a Vol 10b

NY
New York Dewey Dec. 050

This monthly fan magazine focusing on the film industry began in 1930 and continued, with changes, until 1977. Vol 1-10 (Nov 1930 – Oct 1940), except Vol 3 and part of Vol 5 (Nov 1934 – Feb 1935) are available.

The Sporting Life – Free Old Magazines

1883-1916

Philadelphia

An American weekly newspaper, published from 1883 to 1917 and from 1922 to 1924, that provided national coverage on sports, with particular emphasis on baseball. The publisher hired correspondents to report from locales across the U.S., and by 1890 it had the largest circulation of any sporting newspaper in the country. – from information in Wikipedia.

Suburban Life; the Countryside Magazine

Jun 1905 Jan-Dec 1906 Jan-Jun 1907

Jul-Dec 1907 Jan-Jun 1908 Jul 1908-Jun 1909

Jul-Dec 1909 Jul-Dec 1910 Jan-Jun 1911

Jul-Dec 1911 Jan-Jun 1912 Jul-Dec 1912

Jan-Jun 1913 Jul-Dec 1913 Jan-Dec 1914

Jan-Dec 1915 Jan-Dec 1916

Harrisburg, PA

A popular lifestyle magazine at the beginning of the 20th century for affluent people who lived – or aspired to live – comfortably outside the city.

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Survey – Old Magazines

Vol 6 (1901) – Vol 450 (1923)

New York

“Discusses all movements, public and private, whose purpose is social improvement. Very widely used in club and church work and by high school debaters, as well as by more special social workers. Formerly called Charities Review and Charities and the Commons.” – F. K. Walter, Periodicals for the Small Library, ALA 1918. Magazine archive.

Woman’s Home Companion – Old Magazines

Vol. 36 (July 1909) to Vol 50 (1923)

Springfield, OH

Vol. 36 (July 1909) to Vol 450 (1923). Missing some.
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.

The World’s Work – Old Magazine Online Free

Vol 1 (1900) – Vol 47 (1924)

New York

“Discusses all kinds of current events and current tendencies in articles by recognized authorities and in well written editorial comments. The social development of the country receives as much attention as its material prosperity. Well illustrated and popular in style. One of the four periodicals most widely used in school work and very useful for club and debate work.”
-F. K. Walter, Periodicals for the Small Library, ALA 1918.

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