A magazine is a
Periodical literature (also called a periodical publication or simply a periodical) is a category of serial publications that appear in a new edition on a regular schedule. The most familiar example is the magazine, typically published weekly, ...
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paper. Magazines are generally published on a regular schedule and contain a variety of
Content or contents may refer to:
* Content (media), information or experience provided to audience or end-users by publishers or media producers
** Content industry, an umbrella term that encompasses companies owning and providing mass m ...
. They are generally financed by
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, by a
, by prepaid
The subscription business model is a business model in which a customer must pay a recurring price at regular intervals for access to a Product (business), product. The model was pioneered by publishers of books and periodicals in the 17th century ...
, or by a combination of the three.
In the technical sense a ''
A journal, from the Old French ''journal'' (meaning "daily"), may refer to:
*Bullet journal, a method of personal organizations
*Diary, a record of what happened over the course of a day or other period
*Daybook, also known as a general journal, a ...
'' has continuous pagination throughout a volume. Thus ''
''Bloomberg Businessweek'', previously known as ''BusinessWeek'', is an American weekly business magazine, published 50 times a year. Since 2009, the magazine is owned by New York City-based Bloomberg L.P. The magazine debuted in New York City in ...
'', which starts each issue anew with page one, is a magazine, but the '' Journal of Business Communication
'', which continues the same sequence of pagination throughout the coterminous year, is a journal. Some professional or
A trade magazine, also called a trade journal, or trade paper (colloquially or disparagingly a trade rag), is a magazine or newspaper whose target audience is people who work in a particular tradesman, trade or industry. The collective term for this ...
Peer review is the evaluation of work by one or more people with similar competencies as the producers of the work ( peers). It functions as a form of self-regulation by qualified members of a profession within the relevant field. Peer review ...
, for example the ''
Journal of Accountancy
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''. Non-peer-reviewed academic or professional publications are generally ''professional magazines''. That a publication calls itself a ''journal'' does not make it a journal in the technical sense; ''
The Wall Street Journal
''The Wall Street Journal'' (also known as ''The Journal'') is an American business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper based in New York City, with international editions also available in Chinese language, Chinese and Japa ...
'' is actually a
A newspaper is a Periodical literature, periodical publication containing written News, information about current events and is often typed in black ink with a white or gray background.
Newspapers can cover a wide variety of fields such as po ...
The word "magazine" derives from
Middle French (french: moyen français) is a historical division of the French language that covers the period from the 14th to the 16th century. It is a period of transition during which:
* the French language became clearly distinguished from the ...
meaning "warehouse, depot, store", from Italian , from Arabic , the plural of meaning "storehouse".
In its original sense, the word "magazine" referred to a storage space or device.
In the case of written publication, it refers to a collection of
Writing is a medium of human communication
Communication (from Latin ''communicare'', meaning "to share") is the act of developing Semantics, meaning among Subject (philosophy), entities or Organization, groups through the use of sufficien ... article
Article often refers to:
* Article (grammar)
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s. This explains why magazine publications share the word with
A gunpowder magazine is a magazine
A magazine is a periodical literature, periodical publication which is printing, printed in Coated paper, gloss-coated and Paint sheen, matte paper. Magazines are generally published on a regular schedule ...
Magazine is the name for an item or place within which ammunition or other explosive material is stored. It is taken originally from the Arabic word "makhāzin" (مخازن), meaning ''storehouses'', via Italian and Middle French.
The term i ...
The Browning Hi-Power is a single-action, semi-automatic handgun
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s, and in French and Russian (adopted from French as ),
Retail is the sale of goods and Service (economics), services to consumers, in contrast to wholesaling, which is sale to business or institutional customers. A retailer purchases goods in large quantities from manufacturing, manufacturers, direc ...
s such as
A department store is a retail establishment offering a wide range of consumer goods in different areas of the store, each area ("department") specializing in a product category. In modern major cities, the department store made a dramatic appear ...
Print magazines can be distributed through the
The mail or post is a system for physically transporting postcards, letters, and parcels. A postal service can be private or public, though many governments place restrictions on private systems. Since the mid-19th century, national postal sy ...
, through sales by
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s, or other vendors, or through free distribution at selected pick-up locations.
Digital distribution (also referred to as content delivery, online distribution, or electronic software distribution (ESD), among others) is the delivery or distribution of digital media
Digital media means any media (communication), media tha ...
methods can include
Social media are interactive technologies that facilitate the creation
Creation may refer to:
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* Creation myth
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Computing is any goal-oriented activity requiring, benefiting from, or creating computing machinery. It includes the study and experimentation of algorithmic processes and development of both computer hardware , hardware and softwa ...
s, and visibility of a publication's
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results. The traditional subscription business models for distribution fall into three main categories:
In this model, the magazine is sold to readers for a price, either on a per-issue basis or by subscription, where an annual fee or monthly price is paid and issues are sent by post to readers. Paid circulation allows for defined readership statistics.
This means that there is no cover price and issues are given away, for example in street dispensers, airline, or included with other products or publications. Because this model involves giving issues away to unspecific populations, the statistics only entail the number of issues distributed, and not who reads them.
This is the model used by many trade magazines (industry-based periodicals) distributed only to qualifying readers, often for free and determined by some form of survey. Because of costs (e.g., printing and postage) associated with the medium of print, publishers may not distribute free copies to everyone who requests one (unqualified leads); instead, they operate under controlled circulation, deciding who may receive free subscriptions based on each person's qualification as a member of the trade (and likelihood of buying, for example, likelihood of having corporate purchasing authority, as determined from job title). This allows a high level of certainty that advertisements will be received by the advertiser's target audience, and it avoids wasted printing and distribution expenses. This latter model was widely used before the rise of the
World Wide Web
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and is still employed by some titles. For example, in the United Kingdom, a number of computer-industry magazines use this model, including ''
''Computer Weekly'' is a digital magazine and website for IT professionals in the United Kingdom. It was formerly published as a weekly print magazine by Reed Business Information for over 45 years. Topics covered within the magazine include outs ...
'' and ''
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'', and in finance, '' Waters Magazine
''. For the global media industry, an example would be ''
''VideoAge International'' is a TV trade magazine based in New York City, with offices in Los Angeles, California and Milan, Italy.
Known simply as ''VideoAge'', it is published by TV Trade Media, Inc. Its subtitle is "The Business Journal of Film ...
The earliest example of magazines was ''
Erbauliche Monaths Unterredungen
''Erbauliche Monaths Unterredungen'' ("Edifying Monthly Discussions") was a German philosophy
German philosophy, here taken to mean either (1) philosophy
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'', a literary and philosophy magazine, which was launched in 1663 in Germany.
The Gentleman's Magazine
''The Gentleman's Magazine'' was a monthly magazine founded in London, England, by Edward Cave in January 1731. It ran uninterrupted for almost 200 years, until 1922. It was the first to use the term ''magazine'' (from the French language, Fren ...
'', first published in 1731 in London was the first general-interest magazine.
Edward Cave (27 February 1691 – 10 January 1754) was an English printer, editor and publisher. He coined the term "magazine
A magazine is a periodical literature, periodical publication which is printing, printed in Coated paper, gloss-co ...
, who edited ''The Gentleman's Magazine'' under the pen name "Sylvanus Urban", was the first to use the term "magazine", on the analogy of a military storehouse. Founded by
Herbert Ingram (27 May 1811 – 8 September 1860) was a British journalist and politician. He is considered the father of pictorial journalism through his founding of ''The Illustrated London News
''The Illustrated London News'' appeared fir ...
in 1842, ''
The Illustrated London News
''The Illustrated London News'' appeared first on Saturday 14 May 1842, as the world's first illustrated weekly news magazine
A magazine is a periodical literature, periodical publication which is printing, printed in Coated paper, gloss-coa ...
'' was the first
An illustration is a decoration, interpretation or visual explanation of a text, concept or process, designed for integration in print and digital published media, such as posters, flyers, magazines, books, teaching materials, animations, video g ...
The oldest consumer magazine still in print is ''
The Scots Magazine
''The Scots Magazine'' is a magazine containing articles on subjects of Scottish interest. It claims to be the oldest magazine in the world still in publication, although there have been several gaps in its publication history. It has reported on ev ...
'', which was first published in 1739, though multiple changes in ownership and gaps in publication totalling over 90 years weaken that claim. ''
''Lloyd's List'' is one of the world's oldest continuously running journals, having provided weekly shipping news in London as early as 1734. It was published daily until 2013 (when the final print issue, number 60,850, was published), and is in ...
'' was founded in Edward Lloyd's England coffee shop in 1734; and though its online platform is still updated daily it has not been published as a magazine since 2013 after 274 years.
Under the ancient regime, the most prominent magazines were ''
Mercure de France
The ''Mercure de France'' was originally a France, French gazette and literary magazine first published in the 17th century, but after several incarnations has evolved as a publisher, and is now part of the Éditions Gallimard publishing group.
Journal des sçavans
A journal, from the Old French
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'', founded in 1665 for scientists, and ''
Gazette de France
''La Gazette'' (), originally ''Gazette de France'', was the first weekly magazine published in France. It was founded by Théophraste Renaudot and published its first edition on 30 May 1631. It progressively became the mouthpiece of one royalist ...
'', founded in 1631.
Jean Loret (ca 1600-1665) was a French writer and poet known for publishing the weekly news of Paris
Paris () is the Capital city, capital and List of communes in France with over 20,000 inhabitants, most populous city of France, with an est ...
was one of France's first journalists. He disseminated the weekly news of music, dance and Parisian society from 1650 until 1665 in verse, in what he called a ''gazette burlesque'', assembled in three volumes of ''La Muse historique'' (1650, 1660, 1665). The French press lagged a generation behind the British, for they catered to the needs of the aristocracy, while the newer British counterparts were oriented toward the middle and working classes.
Periodicals were censored by the central government in Paris. They were not totally quiescent politically—often they criticized Church abuses and bureaucratic ineptitude. They supported the monarchy and they played at most a small role in stimulating the revolution. During the Revolution, new periodicals played central roles as propaganda organs for various factions.
Jean-Paul Marat (; 24 May 1743 – 13 July 1793) was a French political theorist, physician and scientist. He was a journalist and politician during the French Revolution. He was a vigorous defender of the ''sans-culottes'' and seen as a rad ...
(1743–1793) was the most prominent editor. His ''
L'Ami du peuple
''L'Ami du peuple'' (, ''The Friend of the People'') was a newspaper written by Jean-Paul Marat during the French Revolution. "The most celebrated radical paper of the Revolution", according to historian Jeremy D. Popkin, ''L’Ami du peuple'' was ...
'' advocated vigorously for the rights of the lower classes against the enemies of the people Marat hated; it closed when he was assassinated. After 1800 Napoleon reimposed strict censorship.
Magazines flourished after Napoleon left in 1815. Most were based in Paris and most emphasized literature, poetry and stories. They served religious, cultural and political communities. In times of political crisis they expressed and helped shape the views of their readership and thereby were major elements in the changing political culture. For example, there were eight Catholic periodicals in 1830 in Paris. None were officially owned or sponsored by the Church and they reflected a range of opinion among educated Catholics about current issues, such as the 1830 July Revolution that overthrew the Bourbon monarchy. Several were strong supporters of the Bourbon kings, but all eight ultimately urged support for the new government, putting their appeals in terms of preserving civil order. They often discussed the relationship between church and state. Generally, they urged priests to focus on spiritual matters and not engage in politics. Historian M. Patricia Dougherty says this process created a distance between the Church and the new monarch and enabled Catholics to develop a new understanding of church-state relationships and the source of political authority.
The ''Moniteur Ottoman'' was a gazette written in
French (french: français(e), link=no) may refer to:
* Something of, from, or related to France
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and first published in 1831 on the order of
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. It was the first
A government gazette (also known as official gazette, official journal, official newspaper,
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, edited by Alexandre Blacque at the expense of the
, was known as the Sublime Porte until the 18th century.
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. Its name perhaps referred to the French newspaper ''
Le Moniteur Universel
''Le Moniteur Universel'' was a French newspaper founded in Paris
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''. It was issued weekly. '' Takvim-i vekayi
'' was published a few months later, intended as a translation of the ''Moniteur'' into
Ottoman Turkish ( ota, لِسانِ عُثمانى, , ; tr, Osmanlı Türkçesi) was the standardized register (sociolinguistics), register of the Turkish language used in the Ottoman Empire (14th to 20th centuries CE). It borrowed extensively, ...
. After having been edited by former Consul for Denmark "''M. Franceschi''", and later on by "''Hassuna de Ghiez''", it was lastly edited by Lucien Rouet. However, facing the hostility of embassies, it was closed in the 1840s.
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of Turkey have a long tradition. One of the earliest satirical magazines was ''
'' which was launched in 1869. There are around 20 satirical magazines; the leading ones are ''
'' (70,000 weekly circulation), ''LeMan'' (50,000) and ''Uykusuz''. Historical examples include Oğuz Aral
's magazine '' Gırgır
'' (which reached a circulation of 500,000 in the 1970s) and '' Marko Paşa
'' (launched 1946). Others include ''L-Manyak'' and ''Lombak''.
Publishing was a very expensive industry in colonial times. Paper and printer's ink were taxed imported goods and their quality was inconsistent. Interstate tariffs
and a poor road system hindered distribution, even on a regional scale. Many magazines were launched, most failing within a few editions, but publishers kept trying.
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is said to have envisioned one of the first magazines of the American colonies in 1741, the ''General Magazine and Historical Chronicle''. The ''Pennsylvania Magazine'', edited by
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, ran only for a short time but was a very influential publication during the
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* French Revolution ...
. The final issue containing the text of the
was published in 1776.
Late 19th century
In the mid-1800s, monthly magazines gained popularity. They were general interest to begin, containing some news, vignettes, poems, history, political events, and social discussion. Unlike newspapers, they were more of a monthly record of current events along with entertaining stories, poems, and pictures. The first periodicals to branch out from news were ''Harper's''
''The Atlantic'' is an American magazine and multi-platform publisher. It was founded in 1857 in Boston, Massachusetts, as ''The Atlantic Monthly'', a literary and cultural magazine that published leading writers' commentary on education, the ...
'', which focused on fostering the arts.
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Both ''Harper's'' and ''The Atlantic'' persist to this day, with Harper's being a cultural magazine and The Atlantic focusing mainly on world events. Early publications of Harper's even held famous works such as early publications of ''Moby Dick''
or famous events such as the laying of the world's first
transatlantic telegraph cable
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; however, the majority of early content was trickle down from British events.
The development of the magazines stimulated an increase in literary criticism and political debate, moving towards more opinionated pieces from the objective newspapers.
The increased time between prints and the greater amount of space to write provided a forum for public arguments by scholars and critical observers.
The early periodical predecessors to magazines started to evolve to modern definition in the late 1800s.
Works slowly became more specialized and the general discussion or cultural periodicals were forced to adapt to a consumer market which yearned for more localization of issues and events.
Progressive Era: 1890s–1920s
Mass circulation magazines became much more common after 1900, some with circulations in the hundreds of thousands of subscribers. Some passed the million-mark in the 1920s. It was an age of
Mass media refers to a diverse array of media
Media may refer to:
* Media (communication), tools used to deliver information or data
** Advertising media, various media, content, buying and placement for ...
. Because of the rapid expansion of national advertising, the cover price fell sharply to about 10 cents. One cause was the heavy coverage of corruption in politics, local government and big business, especially by ''Muckrakers.'' They were journalists who wrote for popular magazines to expose social and political sins and shortcomings. They relied on their own
Investigative journalism is a form of journalism in which reporters deeply investigate a single topic of interest, such as serious crimes, political corruption, or corporate wrongdoing. An investigative journalist may spend months or years resea ...
reporting; muckrakers often worked to expose social ills and corporate and
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Forms of corruption vary, but can include bribery, lobbying, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, parochialism, ...
. Muckraking magazines–notably ''
''McClure's'' or ''McClure's Magazine'' (1893–1929) was an American illustrated monthly periodical popular at the turn of the 20th century. The magazine is credited with having started the tradition of muckraking journalism ( investigative, wat ...
''–took on corporate monopolies and crooked
In the politics
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s while raising public awareness of chronic urban poverty, unsafe working conditions, and
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Child labour ( British English) or child labor (American English
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The journalists who specialized in exposing waste, corruption, and scandal operated at the state and local level, like
Ray Stannard Baker
Ray Stannard Baker (April 17, 1870 – July 12, 1946) (also known by his pen name David Grayson) was an American journalist
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George Edward Creel (December 1, 1876 – October 2, 1953) was an American Investigative journalism, investigative journalist and writer, a politician and government official. He served as the head of the United States Committee on Public Informa ...
Brand Whitlock (March 4, 1869 – May 24, 1934) was an American
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The United States of America (USA), ...
. Others like
Lincoln Austin Steffens (April 6, 1866 – August 9, 1936) was an American investigative journalist and one of the leading muckrakers of the Progressive Era in the early 20th century. He launched a series of articles in '' McClure's'', called ...
exposed political corruption in many large cities;
Ida Minerva Tarbell (November 5, 1857January 6, 1944) was an American writer, investigative journalist, biographer and lecturer. She was one of the leading muckrakers of the Progressive Era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and pion ...
John D. Rockefeller
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Standard Oil Company
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Samuel Hopkins Adams
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in 1905 showed the fraud involved in many patent medicines,
Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. (September 20, 1878 – November 25, 1968) was an American writer, political activist and the 1934 Democratic Party nominee for Governor of California who wrote nearly 100 books and other works in several genres. S ...
's 1906 novel ''
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'' gave a horrid portrayal of how meat was packed, and, also in 1906,
David Graham Phillips
David Graham Phillips (October 31, 1867 – January 24, 1911) was an American novelist and journalist of the muckraker tradition.
Phillips was born in Madison, Indiana. After graduating from high school, Phillips entered Asbur ...
unleashed a blistering indictment of the U.S. Senate. Roosevelt gave these journalists their nickname when he complained that they were not being helpful by raking up all the muck.
According to the Research Department of
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, closures of magazines outnumbered launches in North America during 2009. Although both figures declined during 2010–2015, launches outnumbered closures in each of those years, sometimes by a 3:1 ratio. Focusing more narrowly, MediaFinder.com found that 93 new magazines launched during the first six months of 2014 while only 30 closed in that time frame. The category which produced the most new publications was "Regional interest", of which six new magazines were launched, including ''12th & Broad'' and ''Craft Beer & Brewing''. However, two magazines had to change their print schedules. Johnson Publishing's ''Jet'' stopped printing regular issues making the transition to digital format, however still print an annual print edition. ''Ladies' Home Journal'' stopped their monthly schedule and home delivery for subscribers to become a quarterly newsstand-only special interest publication.
According to statistics from the end of 2013, subscription levels for 22 of the top 25 magazines declined from 2012 to 2013, with just ''
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Glamour or glamor may refer to:
* Glamour (1931 film), ''Glamour'' (1931 film), a British film
* Glamour (1934 film), ''Glamour'' (1934 film), an American film
* Glamour (2000 film), ''Glamour'' (2000 film), a Hungarian film
'' and ''
ESPN The Magazine
''ESPN The Magazine'' is a defunct monthly sports magazine
A magazine is a periodical literature, periodical publication which is printing, printed in Coated paper, gloss-coated and Paint sheen, matte paper. Magazines are generally published on ...
'' gaining numbers.
The "seven sisters" of American women's magazines are ''
Ladies' Home Journal
''Ladies' Home Journal'' was an American magazine
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''Good Housekeeping'' is an American women's magazine
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''McCall's'' was a monthly United States, American women's magazine, published by the McCall Corporation, that enjoyed great popularity through much of the 20th century, peaking at a readership of 8.4 million in the early 1960s. It was established a ...
''Woman's Day'' is an American women's magazine that covers such topics as homemaking, food, nutrition, physical fitness, physical attractiveness, and fashion. The print edition is one of the Seven Sisters (magazines), Seven Sisters magazines. The ...
''Redbook'' is an American women's magazine that is published by the Hearst Corporation. It is one of the " Seven Sisters", a group of women's service magazines. It ceased print publication as of January 2019 and now operates a article-comprised ...
''Family Circle'' was an American magazine
A magazine is a periodical literature, periodical publication which is printing, printed in Coated paper, gloss-coated and Paint sheen, matte paper. Magazines are generally published on a regular sc ...
'' and '' Better Homes and Gardens
''. Some magazines like ''
Godey's Lady's Book
''Godey's Lady's Book'', alternatively known as ''Godey's Magazine and Lady's Book'', was an American women's magazine
A magazine is a periodical literature, periodical publication which is printing, printed in Coated paper, gloss-coated and Pa ...
'' and ''
''Harper's Bazaar'' is an American monthly women's fashion magazine published by New York City-based Hearst. It was first published in 1867 as the weekly ''Harper's Bazar''.
The current editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition is Samira Nasr.
'' were intended exclusively for a female audience, emphasizing the traditional gender roles of the 19th century. ''Harper's Bazaar'' was the first to focus exclusively on couture fashion
, fashion accessories and textiles. The inclusion of
Didacticism is a philosophy that emphasizes instructional and informative qualities in literature
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content about housekeeping may have increased the appeal of the magazine for a broader audience of women and men concerned about the frivolity of a fashion magazine.
In the 1920s, new magazines appealed to young German women with a sensuous image and advertisements for the appropriate clothes and accessories they would want to purchase. The glossy pages of ''Die Dame'' and ''Das Blatt der Hausfrau'' displayed the "Neue Frauen", "New Girl" – what Americans called the flapper. This ideal young woman was chic, financially independent, and an eager consumer of the latest fashions. Magazines kept her up to date on fashion, arts, sports, and modern technology such as automobiles and telephones.
The first women's magazine targeted toward wives and mothers was published in 1852. Through the use of advice columns,
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* Boating magazines
* British boys' magazines
* Business magazines
* Computer magazine
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* Customer magazines
* Fantasy fiction magazine ''Fantastic Adventures'' magazine
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* Horror fiction magazine
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* Humor magazine
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* Inflight magazine
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* Literary magazine
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* Luxury magazines
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* News magazines
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* Online magazine
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* Pornographic magazine
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* Pulp magazine
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* Science fiction magazine
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* Shelter magazineA shelter magazine is a periodical publication with an editorial focus on interior design, architecture, home furnishings, and often gardening.
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* Sports magazine
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* Sunday magazine
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* Teen magazine
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* Trade journal
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* Video magazine
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