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Magazines

The first magazines were published in the 1600s, often aimed at young intellectuals. The first popular entertainment magazine, "Le Mercure Galant," was published in 1672. It was created by French playwright Jean Donneau de Vizé and contained news, gossip, poetry, and songs.

The word "magazine" was first used in 1731, when Edward Cave, an Englishman, published "The Gentleman's Magazine." He came up with the word magazine from the Arabic word "makhazin," which means storehouse. Cave's magazine was also the first to appeal to a broad audience, as it contained a little bit of everything.

"The Illustrated London News" was the first illustrated magazine. First published in 1842 by Herbert Ingram, the magazine contained colorful woodcut illustrations that helped to boost sales. This magazine was also the first to include photographs.

First issues tend to be prized by collectors of vintage magazines, and some first issues have become famous. Examples include the first issue of "National Geographic," published on September 22, 1888, and the first issue of "Playboy," published in December 1953, which featured Marilyn Monroe on the cover.


Quick Facts

  • The oldest magazine continuously published in the English language is "The Spectator," a British conservative magazine. It was first published on July 6, 1828
  • James Hyman, founder of The Hyman Archive of London, owns the largest collection of magazines in the world. His collection has about 68,000 unique titles
  • The magazine most sought after by collectors is "The All-Story" from October 1912. This issue features the first appearance of Tarzan

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Est: $0- $0
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Nov 29, 9:00 AM EST
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Est: $0- $0
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Oz Magazine Australian Edition
Dec 02, 11:00 AM AEDT
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Est: AUD300- AUD350
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Magazine Cuts - Advertising - Entire Tote - Each in Plastic w Cardstock
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
Magazine Cuts - Advertising - Entire Tote - Each in Plastic w Cardstock
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Est: $5- $100
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Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
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Est: $5- $100
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Nov 29, 9:00 AM EST
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Est: $0- $0
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Nov 29, 6:00 PM AEDT
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Est: AUD40- AUD60
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Genius.
Nov 27, 11:00 AM CET
Genius.
by Christian Hesse Auktionen
Est: €700- €900
€7002 Bids
Magazine Cuts - Advertising - Entire Tote - Each in Plastic w Cardstock
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
Magazine Cuts - Advertising - Entire Tote - Each in Plastic w Cardstock
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Est: $5- $100
$21 Bid
National Geographic Magazine/space magazines/
Nov 29, 9:00 AM EST
National Geographic Magazine/space magazines/
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
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Hasselblad V Series Film Magazine
Nov 28, 6:30 PM EST
Hasselblad V Series Film Magazine
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Est: $50- $100
$201 Bid
Vintage Pin Up Adults Magazine MILLIONAIRE
Dec 01, 5:00 PM EST
Vintage Pin Up Adults Magazine MILLIONAIRE
by Artelisted
Est: $30- $50
$51 Bid
Vintage Pin Up Adults Magazine TOPPER
Dec 01, 5:00 PM EST
Vintage Pin Up Adults Magazine TOPPER
by Artelisted
Est: $30- $50
$51 Bid
Vintage Pin Up Adults Magazine ADAM
Dec 01, 5:00 PM EST
Vintage Pin Up Adults Magazine ADAM
by Artelisted
Est: $30- $50
$51 Bid
Vintage Pin Up Adults Magazine ROGUE
Dec 01, 5:00 PM EST
Vintage Pin Up Adults Magazine ROGUE
by Artelisted
Est: $30- $50
$51 Bid
Vintage Pin Up Adults Magazine NUGGET, 1956
Dec 01, 5:00 PM EST
Vintage Pin Up Adults Magazine NUGGET, 1956
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Est: $30- $50
$51 Bid
Book with Antique Magazines Incl. Nouveau Illust, 1910s
Dec 01, 5:00 PM EST
Book with Antique Magazines Incl. Nouveau Illust, 1910s
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Est: $100- $200
$261 Bid
Bound Set of "Paris Match" 1931 - 1962, 37 vols.
Dec 18, 12:00 PM EST
Bound Set of "Paris Match" 1931 - 1962, 37 vols.
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Est: $800- $1,200
$1001 Bid
Magazine Cuts - Advertising - Entire Box - Each in Plastic w Cardstock
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
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Est: $5- $100
$21 Bid
Magazine Cuts - Advertising - Entire Tote - Each in Plastic w Cardstock
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
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by Plain City Auction
Est: $5- $100
$21 Bid
GRP inc Babylon 5 Magazines, Script
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
GRP inc Babylon 5 Magazines, Script
by Vectis Auctions Ltd
Est: £40- £60
£201 Bid
27 Ausgaben Wiener Illustrierte
Dec 03, 9:30 AM CET
27 Ausgaben Wiener Illustrierte
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€351 Bid
Vintage Pin Up Adults Magazine GALLERY, 1974
Dec 01, 5:00 PM EST
Vintage Pin Up Adults Magazine GALLERY, 1974
by Artelisted
Est: $30- $50
$51 Bid
Misc. Magazines/books/newspaper
Nov 29, 9:00 AM EST
Misc. Magazines/books/newspaper
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid

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