Magazines & Journals

Life Magazine 1936 to 2000

10_lc-specialeditiontomoonandbUncommon Works carries a large selection of original Life magazines. These are all original issue from the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s plus a few later issues. These were printed on glossy magazine paper, not archival paper, so their age shows, but they make great gifts for people who lived at the time period or for young people interested in history, photography, or American culture.

Back issues start at $5.00 each, and binding services are available for multiple issues.

To see life; to see the world; to eyewitness great events; to watch the faces of the poor and the gestures of the proud; to see strange things — machines, armies, multitudes, shadows in the jungle and on the moon; to see man’s work — his paintings, towers and discoveries; to see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to; the women men love and many children; to see and to take pleasure in seeing; to see and be amazed; to see and be instructed….

(Excerpt from,  Time Inc., 2002)


Other historical magazines

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Die Lesestunde Zeitschrift der deutschen Buch-Gemeinschaf, 49 issues from 1954-1959. 49 issues, 1954-1959. Title Die Lesestunde; Darmstadt [Germany] : Deutsche Buch-Gemeinschaft; Current Frequency Quarterly; Began in 1924; Subject Headings Book industries and trade — Periodicals.

Founded by a German Jew in the 1920’s, the Deutsche Buch-Gemeinschaf was a moving force in bringing literature to the masses. Each article heading in each issue has a unique custom typeface / font. Filled with articles about travel, fashion, nature, science, architecture, archaeology, book collectors, book catalogs, book reviews, short stories and serialized works, it’s a glimpse into the book world in the late 1950’s. 4 years are loosely bound in 3 collector binders from the DBG. The remaining issues are unbound, with staples carefully removed. Almost all show heavy toning, but are very good overall, still flexible and clean. Shows on each issue where it was gently folded for mailing.

Highlights include Max Planck, Hermann Hesse, John Steinbeck, Pearl Buck, Somerset Maugham, Ernest Hemingway Thomas Mann, Graham Greene, early mobile phones, nuclear-powered vehicles, great 1950s ads.

$100 for set

Nine issues of Leatherneck, The Magazine of the Marines from 1984. In very good condition. Includes: March 1984 April 1984 June 1984 July 1984 August 1984 September 1984 October 1984 November 1984 December 1984. Very good overall.

$10 for set