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Architectural Digest, Apple, Art in America, Atlantic Monthly, Cashbox (music), Economist, Forbes, Foreign Affairs, Gourmet, Guitar World, Hits (music), House Beautiful, Ladies’ Home Journal, Mademoiselle, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Smash Hits, Sunset (regional), Uncut UK (music), Vanity Fair

We have four webpages of links to free magazines archived at other sites, including Google Books, Internet Archive and HathiTrust. You can use these Magazine Category links to explore the whole selection.

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History Magazines – Free Magazines Online

American Heritage Magazine – Free Magazines Online

1949- Present

Dewey Dec. 050

American Heritage magazine, which publishes articles mostly about American history, has it’s old magazines online, including the 1950s to the current issue. “Dedicated to covering the history of the United States of America for a mainstream readership. Until 2007, the magazine was published by Forbes. Since that time, Edwin S. Grosvenor has been its publisher. Print publication was suspended early in 2013, but the magazine relaunched in digital format with the Summer 2017 issue.” – Wikipedia. Free online magazines, read magazines online free, free history magazines.

American Historical Review Magazine – Online Magazines Free

Vol 1 (1895) – Vol 28 (1923)

New York Dewey Dec. 050

“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. . Online Magazines free, free online magazines, free history magazines.

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Magazine of American History – Free Magazines Online

Vol 1 – 30 (1877- 1893)

Index 1877-1893

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

Boston Dewey Dec. 050

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. Free magazines online, read magazines online free, free history magazines.

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Ancestry Magazine – Magazines Online Free

1994-2010

U.S. Dewey Dec. 050

“Ancestry Magazine was a general interest genealogy magazine owned by Ancestry.com Operations Inc. The magazine began as Ancestry Newsletter, a small, genealogy-industry newsletter in 1983, and became a four-color, 68-page, glossy print, bimonthly publication in 1994. After more than 25 years in print, the magazine was discontinued with the March/April 2010 issue.” -Wikipedia. Online magazines free, read magazines online free, free history magazines.

Desert Magazine – Free Magazines Online

1937-1985

Joshua Tree, California; D. W. Grantham

Founded in 1937 by Randall Henderson, and ceased in 1985. This collection appear to have most of the issues.
“The magazine focused on the desert country of the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico, and covered a broad range of desert subjects including: regional travel and exploration; the visual arts of painting, drawing, and photography; prose and literature; cultural history; prospecting and mining; natural history including geology, wildlife, and flora; river running, and lifestyle–human interest stories.” -Widkipedia. Magazine online free, read free magazines online.

Early Homes Magazine – Free Magazine Online

2004-2010

Dewey Dec. 050

“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. Free magazines online, free history magazines.

History Today Magazine – Free Online Magazines

Current Digital Issue – No access to archives without subscription

Andy Patterson

For students, teachers and history-lovers. Each issue contains international features from prehistory to the present, reviews of events, heritage/archaeology updates and color illustrations. Free history magazine online, magazine online free, read free magazines online.

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Nineteenth Century Magazine – Free Magazines Online

2011-2017

2016 to latest issue

U.S. Dewey Dec. 050

“The flagship publication of the Victorian Society in America is the respected Nineteenth Century Magazine, published in the Spring and Fall as a benefit to members and distributed to more than 200 subscribing libraries. The magazine is devoted to the cultural and social history of the United States during the Victorian era, with regular features on architecture, fine arts, decorative arts, interior design, life-style, clothing, photography, and material culture.” – Website of the Victorian Society of America. Magazines online free, history magazines free, magazine online read.

The Nineteenth Century and After – Magazines Online Free

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. Free online magazines, free history magazines, read magazines online free.

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Home, Family & Garden Magazines – Read Magazines Online Free

Architectural Digest

1960s-2000s

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. Read magazines online free.

The Australian Women’s Weekly – Free Magazines Online

1933-1968

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. Free magazines PDF.

Country Life Magazine – Free Magazines Online

1901-1923

Remaining Issues

New York Dewey Dec. 050

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. Read magazine online free.

Early Homes Magazine – Magazine Online Free

2004-2010

Dewey Dec. 050

“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. Read magazines online free, free history magazines.

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Good Housekeeping Magazine – Free Online Magazines

1885-1923

1885-1950

2015-2016

Holyoke, Mass Dewey Dec. 050

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. Where to get old magazines for free.

The Home-Maker: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine – Online Magazines Free

Vol. 1. October 1888 – March 1889

NY: Home-Maker Pub. Co. Dewey Dec. 050

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. Read magazines online free, free history magazines.

House & Garden Magazine USA – Free Magazines Online

Vol 1 (1901) – Vol 44 (1923)

Appr. 1925-1990 Miscellaneous Volumes

New York Dewey Dec. 050

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. Free PDF magazine back issues, Read magazines online free.

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House Beautiful

1950s-2000s (estimated)

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.

Old House Journal – Free Online Magazines

1975-2011

U.S. Dewey Dec. 050

“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. Free PDF magazine back issues, where can I get old magazines for free.

Redbook Magazine – Read Magazines Online Free

2010-2015 Incomplete

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. Free PDF magazine back issues, read magazines online free.

Suburban Life; the Countryside Magazine – Magazines Online Free

Jun 1905 Vol 2-3 (Jan-Dec 1906) Vol 4 (Jan-Jun 1907)

Vol 5 (Jul-Dec 1907) Vol 6 (Jan-Jun 1908) Vol 7-8 (Jul 1908-Jun 1909)

Vol 9 (Jul-Dec 1909) Vol 11 (Jul-Dec 1910) Vol 12 (Jan-Jun 1911)

Vol 13 (Jul-Dec 1911) Vol 14 (Jan-Jun 1912) Vol 15 (Jul-Dec 1912)

Vol 16 (Jan-Jun 1913) Vol 17 (Jul-Dec 1913) Vol 18-19 (Jan-Dec 1914)

Vol 20-21 (Jan-Dec 1915) Vol 22-23 (Jan-Dec 1916)

Harrisburg, PA Dewey Dec. 050

A popular lifestyle magazine at the beginning of the 20th century for affluent people who lived – or aspired to live – comfortably outside the city. Where to get free old magazines online, read magazines online free.

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Sunset

1920-2000s

Sunset Publishing

Each image on this page opens an entire volume, with several months’ issues. Volume dates appear to range from 1920s to the early 2000s. They are not in chronological order.
“Sunset magazine is one of the leading publications to bring all things found and made in the West into the hands of people across the country. From great restaurants to places to travel to for a little rest and relaxation to inspired ideas for decorating your home and improving your garden, Sunset magazine is dedicated to presenting you with the most beautiful aspects of the West. ” -Sunset Magazine. Magazines to read online.


International Magazines – Free Magazines Online

The Australian Women’s Weekly – Magazine Online Free

1933-1968

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. Where to get old magazines for free, read magazines online free.

The Economist – Free Magazine Archives Database

2014-2020

U.S. – The Economist Group

Founded in England in 1843. A weekly newsmagazine that ” takes an editorial stance of classical and economic liberalism that supports free trade, globalisation, free immigration and cultural liberalism.” – Wikipedia. The second link has about 70 issues from 2014 to 2019. Magazine archives, magazine archives online.

The Fortnightly Review – Read Magazine Online Free

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. Read magazines online free, free history magazines.

Maclean’s Magazine

1905-2009

Toronto – Rogers Media

“Canada’s National Magazine”. “Examines the impact of Canadian and world news events, trends and issues from a Canadian perspective. Network of correspondents and bureaus across Canada and around the world contribute to weekly sections on politics, business, entertainment, sports, leisure, science, health and technology.” – Maclean’s Magazine. Free PDF magazine back issues, download magazines PDF free online.

Melody Maker Magazine

1967-1969

London – Melody Maker

Melody Maker is a British weekly music newspaper and one of the world’s earliest music weeklies. It was founded in 1926, as a magazine for dance band musicians. In the late ’60s it concentrated on Rock & Pop, but also included pages for such genres as Jazz and Folk.
Archives of the UK magazine Pop Weekly, also on this page, may be of interest. Read magazines online free.

The Nineteenth Century and After – Free Online Magazines to Read

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.

Smash Hits Magazine

1979 through 1980s (not organized)

UK

“Smash Hits was a pop music magazine aimed at teenagers and young adults, featuring lyrics, photographs, interviews and news related to celebrity music acts in the UK (Later offshoots arrived in the US and Australia). After an initial test issue, the magazine started publishing in 1979, switching to a fortnightly schedule after three issues, and finally closing up in 2006. – Internet Archive. Smash Hits Magazine back issues.


Lifestyle Magazines – Free Online Magazines

American Cowboy Magazine – Magazines to Read Online

1994-2008
Dewey Dec. 050

Google free magazine archives database has all issues from the first 14 years of this American magazine online. “American Cowboy is the cultural chronicler of the West, covering history and heritage, travel and events, art and entertainment, food and fashion.” – American Cowboy Facebook “About” page. Free magazines online, read magazines free online.

Black World/Negro Digest

1961-1976

Negro Digest 1942-1961 (Black & White)

Johnson Dewey Dec. 050

“The Negro Digest, later renamed Black World, was a magazine for the African-American market. Founded in November 1942 by publisher John H. Johnson, founder of Johnson Publishing Company, it was first published locally in Chicago, Illinois.” – Wikipedia. Read magazines free online.

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Connoisseur: An Illustrated Magazine for Collectors

Vol 1-221 (1901-1991)

NY Hearst

“Originally a British magazine taken to the U.S. by the Hearst Corp., and published from 1901 to 1992. It focuses on fine art, high-end collectibles, antique furniture, opera, and luxury lifestyles. Magazines to read online.

Desert Magazine – Read Magazines Online Free

1937-1985

Joshua Tree, California; D. W. Grantham

Founded in 1937 by Randall Henderson, and ceased in 1985. This collection appear to have most of those issues.
“The magazine focused on the desert country of the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico, and covered a broad range of desert subjects including: regional travel and exploration; the visual arts of painting, drawing, and photography; prose and literature; cultural history; prospecting and mining; natural history including geology, wildlife, and flora; river running, and lifestyle–human interest stories.” -Widkipedia. Download free online magazines.

Ebony Magazine – Magazine Online Read

Vol 15 No. 1 (Nov 1959) to Vol 64 No. 2 (Dec 2008)

Ebony 1945-1961 (Black & White)

Chicago, IL Dewey Dec. 050

Ebony free magazine archive. “Ebony is a monthly magazine for the African-American market. It was founded by John H. Johnson in Chicago and has published continuously since the autumn of 1945. In 2016 Johnson sold the publication to private equity firm Clear View Group.” -Wikipedia. Download magazines free.

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Esquire Magazine

1933-2017

U.S. – Hearst Magazines

Esquire magazine is one of the leading publications devoted to the male lifestyle. From articles featuring the newest trends to interviews with top celebrities, every issue contains a wealth of information for a man about town. The magazine also includes articles written by top men in various industries, including George Foreman and Ted Allen. Award winning editorial on style, food, drink, politics and culture.
The first link, at Internet Archive, appears to have nearly a complete run of issues from 1933-2017, although they are out of order. Free magazine online.

In These Times Magazine – Free Online Magazines

Archives for 2001-2012 and for the last three years

1976-2010

U.S. Dewey Dec. 050

“In These Times magazine provides readers with investigative reporting, provocative essays, debates about our political future and news straight from the frontlines. In These Times reports on the upcoming legislative battles, current progressive political strategies and international news you need to know. This monthly news magazine is an indispensable alternative to the mainstream media for readers seeking an independent analysis of contemporary events and an in-depth look at issues that others ignore. ” – In These Times Magazine. Where to get old magazines for free.

Jet Magazine – Free Online Magazines

Vol 1 (Nov 1951) to Vol 114 (Oct 2008)

Chicago, IL Dewey Dec. 050

“Jet is a magazine marketed to African-American readers. It was founded in 1951 by John H. Johnson of the Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago, Illinois, as an American weekly. ” – Wikipedia.

Mother Jones Magazine – Read Magazines Online Free

Vol 1, No. 3 (May 1976) to Vol 25, No. 1 (Jan-Feb 2000)

Dewey Dec. 050

“Mother Jones is a nonprofit magazine and news outlet that delivers original award-winning reporting on the urgent issues of our day, from politics and climate change to education and the food we eat. We investigate stories that are in the public’s interest. From revelatory scoops to deep-dive investigations, Mother Jones inspires 9 million monthly readers of our print, digital, and online journalism.” – Mother Jones Magazine

New York Magazine

Vol 1 (Apr 1968) to Vol 30 (Dec 1997)

New York Dewey Dec. 050

“New York is an American biweekly magazine concerned with life, culture, politics, and style generally, and with a particular emphasis on New York City. Founded by Milton Glaser and Clay Felker in 1968 as a competitor to The New Yorker, it was brasher and less polite, and established itself as a cradle of New Journalism. Over time, it became more national in scope, publishing many noteworthy articles on American culture by writers such as Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, Nora Ephron, John Heilemann, Frank Rich, and Rebecca Traister.” – Wikipedia.

The New Yorker Magazine – Magazine Online Free

2015-2020

U.S. – Conde Nast

Don’t miss the New Yorker’s famous fiction and poetry, book and film review, its incisive looks at politics, people and the way we live, and of course, those CARTOONS. In-depth reporting, surprising opinions, sharp wit, the best in prose, poetry, and the visual arts. Magazines online.

Reader’s Digest Magazine – Free Magazine Online

20 issues from 2015-2016

U.S. – Trusted Media Brands

“Every month, Reader’s Digest Magazine comes out with what’s new in health, books, humor, food, and more. Reader’s Digest is easy to read, with colorful art, smart features, and a handsome layout with plenty of room for all the latest in the areas that matter to you.” – Readers Digest Magazine.

Rolling Stone Magazine

Rolling Stone 1968-2020 (Incomplete)

U.S. – Penske Media Corp.

“Rolling Stone magazine is a cultural icon. It’s the number one pop culture reference point for 13 million young adults. In addition to its authoritative position in music, Rolling Stone’s sphere of influence reaches into entertainment, movies, television, technology, and national affairs. Rolling Stone covers everything that’s important, trend-setting, and newsworthy to the thought leaders among young adults.” – Rolling Stone Magazine

Sunset

1920-2000s

Sunset Publishing

Each image on this page opens an entire volume, with several months’ issues. Volume dates appear to range from 1920s to the early 2000s. They are not in chronological order.
“Sunset magazine is one of the leading publications to bring all things found and made in the West into the hands of people across the country. From great restaurants to places to travel to for a little rest and relaxation to inspired ideas for decorating your home and improving your garden, Sunset magazine is dedicated to presenting you with the most beautiful aspects of the West. ” -Sunset Magazine. Magazines to read online.

Travel + Leisure Magazine – Free Magazines Online

2015-2016

NY. Meredith

“Travel + Leisure magazine is one of the most popular travel publications in the world. Unlike other magazines devoted to traveling within a specific country, this magazine highlights far-flung destinations in the United States and abroad. Readers will find tips on traveling around the world, destinations for adventure travelers, and even some budget-friendly ideas.” – Travel + Leisure Magazine

Vanity Fair Magazine

Current Digital Issue

About 42 volumes from the 1980s and 1990s

Condé Nast

Each volume contains several issues. “Written for the reader who appreciates expert storytelling and dynamic articles that sometimes spark a debate, Vanity Fair Magazine covers a wide range of topics such as fashion, politics, travel, business, design, and more. Originally published briefly in 1913 and combined with Vogue magazine in 1936, Vanity Fair as it appears today was revived in 1983.” – Vanity Fair Magazine. Free magazines online.

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Vibe Magazine

1993-2008

Dewey Dec. 050

“Vibe is the lifestyle guide to urban music and culture including celebrities, fashion, beauty, consumer electronics, automotive, personal care/grooming, and, always, music. Edited for a multicultural audience.” – Vibe Magazine

Wired Magazine

About 100 issues from the 1990s to 2015

Conde Nast

“Wired magazine is a computer magazine devoted to readers who want to know more about that world. Every issue covers the newest and hottest electronic devices, giving readers an inside look at those devices before they hit the streets. Every issue covers topics like philosophy, art, science, and the culture of those playing on the Internet.” – Wired Magazine

Women of Color Magazine

2001-2012
New York Dewey Dec. 050

“A publication for today’s career women in business and technology.” – Women of Color Magazine.

Yoga Journal

Current Digital Issue

Issues from 2015

Yoga Journal

“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. Where to get old magazines for free.


Literary Magazines – Read Magazines Online Free

Book Review Digest

Vols 1-18

NY: H.W. Wilson Dewey Dec. 050

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. Where to get old magazines for free.

The Bookman; an Illustrated Literary Journal

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

Vol 8 (Sep 1898-Feb 1899)

Vol 9 (Mar-Aug 1899)

New York Dewey Dec. 050

“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. Online magazines PDF,

Century Magazine

Vol 1 (1870 – Vol 107 (1924)

New York Dewey Dec. 050

Vintage American magazine. 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. Free magazines online, Free magazines PDF.

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The Crisis Magazine – Free Magazines Online

Vol 1 (1910)

1911-2011

U.S. Dewey Dec. 050

“The Crisis is the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It was founded in 1910 by W. E. B. Du Bois (editor), Oswald Garrison Villard, J. Max Barber, Charles Edward Russell, Kelly Miller, W. S. Braithwaite, and Mary Dunlop Maclean. The Crisis has been in continuous print since 1910, and it is the oldest black oriented magazine in the world.” – Wikipedia. Read magazines online.

The Dial Magazine – Download Free Magazines

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

Chicago, New York

‘The Dial’ 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. Where to get old magazines for free.

Everybody’s Magazine – Free Online Magazines

Vol 1 – 49 (1899-1923)

NY: North American Company Dewey Dec. 050

According to the Magazine’s entry in Wikipedia, it 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.

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The Fortnightly Review – Online Magazines Free

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.

The Nineteenth Century – Magazines Online Free

Vol 1 (1877) – Vol 48 (1900)

London: Henry S. King & Co.

“‘The Nineteenth Century’ 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. Where can I find old magazines for free.

The Nineteenth Century and After

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.

Overland Monthly – Free Magazines Online

1868-1922

San Francisco Dewey Dec. 050

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.
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St. Nicholas Magazine

Vol 1 (1874) – Vol 50 (1923)

New York Dewey Dec. 050

“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. Where to find old magazines free.

Saturday Review Magazine

1925-1986

U.S. Dewey Dec. 050

“Saturday Review, previously The Saturday Review of Literature, was an American weekly magazine established in 1924. Norman Cousins was the editor from 1940 to 1971.” -Wikipedia. How to get magazines free online.

Scribner’s Magazine

1887-1923

New York Dewey Dec. 050

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.

Spy Magazine – Free Magazines Online

1986-1998

1986-1998 (Internet Archive)

Dewey Dec. 050

“It’s pretty safe to say that Spy was the most influential magazine of the 1980s. It might have remade New York’s cultural landscape; it definitely changed the whole tone of magazine journalism. It was cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed, and feared by all. There’s no magazine I know of that’s so continually referenced, held up as a benchmark, and whose demise is so lamented” –Dave Eggers. Spy Magazine back issues. Where to find old magazines free.

Vanity Fair Magazine

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About 50 issues from various years

Condé Nast

“Written for the reader who appreciates expert storytelling and dynamic articles that sometimes spark a debate, Vanity Fair Magazine covers a wide range of topics such as fashion, politics, travel, business, design, and more. Originally published briefly in 1913 and combined with Vogue magazine in 1936, Vanity Fair as it appears today was revived in 1983.” – Vanity Fair Magazine