Vintage Magazines & Newspapers: Jeeves to D-Dayby Scott Laming
Newspapers and magazines are disposable. Today's newspapers are tomorrow's fish and chips paper. However, they also record history. Let a few years pass by and these old newspapers and magazines can offer fascinating insights into important events and significant people from different eras. They also represent history in another regard - as digital and electronic media becomes more prevalent, newspapers and magazines themselves may well become artefacts of the past one day.
AbeBooks offers a vast number of vintage newspapers, magazines, periodicals and journals. Time and Life magazines, Playboy, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Vogue, the Illustrated London News (including the entire 120-year consecutive run of over 6,000 issues, for a cool 600 grand), the Paris Review and Popular Science are just a few of the famous names that can be found on the site, commemorating, celebrating and lamenting some of the most important discoveries, voyages and people the world has ever known. The scarcity of these items has made them a prize among collectors and history buffs.
This selection includes lots of literary material including Ernest Hemingway, Ray Bradbury, P.G. Wodehouse, William Faulkner and Philip Roth.
25 Pieces of History
Newsweek December 2, 1963
The John F. Kennedy assassination issue.
Time Magazine, February 12, 1945
Heinrich Himmler - the Gestapo chief committed suicide three months later
Time Magazine April 14, 1923
Winston Churchill's first of many appearances on the cover of Time.
Time Magazine September 15, 1961
The reclusive author J.D. Salinger is featured in a six- page article.
Jet Magazine April 18, 1968
The legacy of Martin Luther King, published two weeks after his death.
Life Magazine January 14, 1966
Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh and Pham Van Dong are on the cover.
Playboy June 1959
Includes ‘The Origins of the Beat Generation' by Jack Kerouac.
Mad Magazine April 1969
Issue No. 126 - a classic with Uncle ‘Alfred E.' Sam.
The Paris Review No. 18
Ernest Hemingway interview, a Philip Roth short story & more.
Life Magazine September 1, 1952
Includes the first appearance of The Old Man And The Sea by Hemingway.
Galaxy Science Fiction February 1951
Includes the novella ‘The Fireman' by Ray Bradbury, which became Fahrenheit 451.
Life Magazine, 12 May 1967
During the filming of In Cold Blood Truman Capote is shown with the films actors Robert Blake and Scott Wilson on set at the site of the crime in Kansas.
National Geographic May 1906
In-depth coverage of the San Francisco earthquake disaster.
Life Magazine January 10, 1964
The reminiscences of Douglas MacArthur, published a few months before his death.
Popular Science October 1958
World's first atomic scare & a space meal in a toothpaste tube.
Daily Record June 3rd 1953
This Scottish paper celebrates the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Paris Review No. 12
Includes an interview with author William Faulkner.
New York Times October 6, 1863
Includes General Lee's official report of his campaign in Pennsylvania and Maryland during the US Civil War.
Playboy February 1960
Includes the story ‘How Right You Are, Jeeves!' by P.G. Wodehouse.
Daily Telegraph May 21, 1937
King George inspects his navy in this coronation naval review supplement.
Newsweek July 21 1969
Preview of the Apollo 11 mission with Neil Armstrong on the cover.
Life Magazine June 15, 1953
This issue celebrates the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Saturday Evening Post April 14, 1962
A lengthy report on Iran's royal family.
Rolling Stone January 20, 1972
100th issue of the classic magazine with A Clockwork Orange, Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia & more.
Life Magazine September 29, 1958
The Big Country western is released starring Gregory Peck & Jean Simmons.