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The official blog for the Pulp Magazines Project, an open-access digital archive of early twentieth-century pulp magazines

Archive for the month “July, 2012”

New Issues (7/25/2012): The Popular Magazine

We’ve added 9 new issues of Street & Smith’s flagship pulp-paper title, The Popular Magazine, to the Pulp Magazines Project website. These issues were published just before or during the First World War. They are dated Nov. 23, 1912; July 1, 1913; Nov. 7, 1914; Feb. 23, 1915; Jan. 7, Nov. 7, & Dec. 20, 1916; Apr. 20, 1917; and Apr. 20, 1918.

The Nov. 23, 1912 issue (pictured above, top row, at far left) features an iconic cover by the artist N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945). Wyeth contributed the cover illustrations for over two dozen issues of The Popular Magazine between 1909 and 1923.

The Pulp Magazines Project wishes to thank Magazines For All for uploading and making these scans available.

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Street & Smith Goes to War: Patriotic Pulps of July 1942

During July 1942, seven months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Magazine Publisher’s Association proposed as a sign of solidarity that all U.S. magazine covers should feature an American flag. Over 500 magazines participated, including Time, National Geographic, and American Hairdresser. Sunset’s flag flew over a green river valley. Vogue’s cover girl wore a gown billowing like the flags around her. A color guard of chicken eggs marched across the Poultry Tribune. And the entire lineup of magazines published by Street & Smith–including Astounding SF, Detective Story, Doc Savage, Love Story, The Shadow, Sport Story, Western Story, and Wild West Weekly–ran the same cover (featured below), showing the flag waving against a background of the sun rising over a church steeple in an idyllic American small town.

For more information on this event, see the Smithsonian museum’s online U.S. history exhibit, July 1942: United We Stand; you can also search (by title or keyword) a cover gallery of nearly 300 magazines that participated at Search the Covers.

New Issues (6/30/2012): All-Story Weekly, Detective Story, and Dynamic Science Stories

We’ve added several new issues to the Pulp Magazines Project website, including four issues of All-Story Weekly for February 3 1917, January 25, June 14, and June 21 1919; Detective Story Magazine for January 5 1917; and two issues of Dynamic Science Stories for February and April/ May 1939 (this is a full 2-issue run).

The Pulp Magazines Project wishes to thank the Pulpscans Group and Digital Pulp Preservation for all their help.

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