Category:Defunct women's magazines of the United States
Pages in category "Defunct women's magazines of the United States"
The following 79 pages are in this category, out of 79 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 79 pages are in this category, out of 79 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. McCall's – McCalls was a monthly American womens magazine 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 as a magazine called The Queen in 1873. In 1897 it was renamed McCalls Magazine—The Queen of Fashion and subsequently grew in size to become a large-format glossy and it was one of the Seven Sisters group of womens service magazines. From June 1949 until her death in November 1962, Eleanor Roosevelt wrote a McCalls column, the former First Lady gave brief answers to questions sent in to the magazine. Starting in May 1951, and lasting until at least 1995, children could cut out the printed dolls and clothing, or for a small fee paper dolls printed on cardboard could be ordered. Betsy McCall became so popular that various sized vinyl dolls were produced by Ideal, another popular feature which ran for many years was the cartoon panel Its All in the Family by Stan and Jan Berenstain. A pair of pioneering female illustrators, Jesse Willcox Smith and Neysa McMein, film critic Pauline Kael worked at McCalls from 1965 to 1966, and was reportedly fired after writing a highly unfavorable review of The Sound of Music. In 1870, Scottish immigrant James McCall began designing and printing his own line of sewing patterns, as a means of advertising his patterns, McCall founded a four-page fashion journal entitled The Queen, Illustrating McCalls Bazaar Glove-Fitting Patterns. When McCall died in 1884, his widow became president of McCall Company, Mrs. Bladsworth held the position until 1891. Though still mainly a vehicle to sell McCalls sewing patterns, The Queen began to publish homemaking and handiwork information, in 1891, the magazines name became The Queen of Fashion, and the cost for a years subscription was 30 cents. In 1893, James Henry Ottley took over the McCall Company, in order to reflect the magazines expanded range of topics, the name was changed to McCalls Magazine—The Queen of Fashion in 1897. In time, the name would be shortened to McCalls, despite the name changes, for many years information on McCalls patterns filled an average of 20 percent of the magazines pages. In 1913, the magazine was purchased by the firm of White Weld & Co. which organized the McCall Corporation under the direction of president Edward Alfred Simmons. In 1917, the price was raised to 10 cents per issue, in 1928, the 23-year-old associate editor, Otis Wiese, was promoted to editor. Such radical ideas caused Wiese to be fired at least six times within his first year as editor, in 1932, Wiese changed the format to what he called Three Magazines in One. Three sections—News and Fiction, Homemaking, Style and Beauty—had their own cover, a survey was conducted that showed fiction was a major attraction for female magazine readers, and in 1937 McCalls became the first womens magazine to print a complete novel in one issue. Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7,1941, and Otis Wiese immediately revamped the February 1942 issue then in preparation, a frilly valentine cover was replaced with a woman wearing an Ive Enlisted consumer pledge button. Readers were asked to sign a pledge that stated As a consumer, in the defense of democracy, I will do my part to make my country ready, efficient
2. Birth Control Review – Sanger published the first issue while imprisoned with Ethel Byrne, her sister, and Fannie Mindell for giving contraceptives and instruction to poor women at the Brownsville Clinic in New York. Sanger remained editor-in-chief until 1928, when she turned it over to the American Birth Control League The last issue was published in January 1940, in October of 1916 opened a family planning and birth control clinic in Brownsville, New York. Sanger was arrested twice while in operation for the distribution of contraceptives. Sanger was charged with 30 days in jail where she began publishing the Birth Control Review, the predecessor to the Birth Control Review was Sanger’s previous publication titled “Woman Rebel, ” a seven issue periodical running March- October of 19142. This journal was the first to publish the term “birth control” in print and this would subsequently lead to the Sanger use of the term to immobilize the Birth Control movement of the 20th century. Sanger remained editor-in-chief until 1928 when she stepped down and the American Birth Control League took over1, the main goal of the Review was to increase public support for birth control by attracting the support of doctors, legislators, academics, and the middle class and wealthy society women. The BCR urged its readers join groups such as American Birth Control League, content included news of birth control activities, articles by scholars, activists, and writers on birth control, and reviews of books and other publications. The Review also included art and fiction in the form of cartoons, poetry and short stories as well as, case studies, the Comstock Act of 1873 made mailing information about birth control and contraceptives illegal. Sanger took decisive steps in order to circumvent these laws, primarily by hand distributing the magazine and also by manipulated the language to suit a political stance on Eugenics6. “Eugenic theory developed in the United States during the twentieth century. Individuals, including Margaret Sanger, believed there were certain ways to promote a healthier population. Sanger, in particular, established ideas on when women should avoid giving birth and that the inclusion of Neo-Malthusian ideals was a way to reach a broader range of supporters. The language employed by Sanger in combination with underlying themes of eugenics often suggest that Sanger sought to apply the idea of control to limiting African American populations. She presented at a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1926 in Silver Lake, N. J8
3. Domino (magazine) – Domino is an American home magazine which was in circulation between April 2005 and March 2009, and then relaunched as a print and digital magazine and ecommerce platform in October 2013. Launched by Condé Nast in 2004, domino is a style magazine centered on the home and its first issue appeared in Spring of 2005. In its first year, domino was honored by The Hot List Startup of the Year by Adweek, Top Launch of the Year by Media Industry Newsletter and The A-List 10 under 50 by Advertising Age. The magazine grew to a base of 800,000 by its third year. In October 2008, domino released its first book, domino, on January 28,2009, Condé Nast announced that it would cease publication of domino and its website. In its closing web comments, the editors reported that in a down economy advertising revenues couldnt keep up with expenses, in that same year Condé Nast also shuttered Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, Gourmet and Cookie. After a hiatus of four years, domino was relaunched in 2013 by the Domino Media Group, the return of the magazine was accompanied by a new website, domino. com with the stated purpose of bringing content, community and commerce together. A wholly independent entity, Domino Media Group is owned by its three founders - Andy Appelbaum, Cliff Sirlin, and Aaron Wallace, Condé Nast has retained an interest in the brand as a minority investor. The founding editor in chief of domino was Deborah Needleman and she has written on gardens and design for the New York Times, Slate, where she penned the column “The Cranky Gardener”, and House & Garden, where she was Editor-at-Large. Needleman was named a Top Talent to Watch by Women’s Wear Daily and she lives in Manhattan and Garrison, NY, with her husband, Jacob Weisberg, and their two children. She left Condé Nast upon the closing of the magazine, michelle Adams, co-founder of Lonny magazine, was named editor in chief for the relaunch of domino in 2013 and original publisher Beth Brenner returned as chief revenue officer. In October 2015, Jessica Romm, a veteran of domino, Elle Decor, the Book of Decorating is the first book from the creators of domino. The book was edited by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello, Domino, The Book of Decorating, is a style manual marketed as bringing together inspiring rooms, how-to advice and insiders’ secrets from today’s top tastemakers. In the Fall of 2015, domino announced a sequel to be released in 2016 or 2017 and my Deco File is a web-based application created by domino magazine that lets users organize decorating ideas and images. A big hit with readers from the time of its inception, it was reintroduced with the return of domino in 2013
4. ROCKRGRL – ROCKRGRL was the first national publication for female musicians in the United States. Created by Carla DeSantis, the magazine focused on women in music and highlighted the artistic diversity of women musicians. ROCKRGRL was started by Carla DeSantis in 1994 in San Mateo, commenting on the magazine’s founding, DeSantis recalled, “One issue of Rolling Stone was about Women Who Rock, and the writer asked everyone what their favorite perfume was, not music. Women were really shut out of magazines like they didn’t exist. ”ROCKRGRL started out as a 14-page. Its first issue, which hit stands in 1995, featured Gretchen Seager on the cover along with articles about that dog, the Go-Gos, Queen Latifah, and Au Pairs. In 1999, ROCKRGRL became a full-color glossy bi-monthly magazine, in the fall of 2005, DeSantis announced that issue number 57 would be the final issue of ROCKRGRL. Although single issues, merchandise and Discoveries CDs could be purchased through the site, however, full sets, all 57 issues of ROCKRGRL are now part of the collection at The Smithsonian in Washington, D. C. ROCKRGRL billed itself as, a departure from the condescending and patronizing tone found in other women in music magazines. No beauty tips or guilt trips here — just shop talk with fascinating artists, from its inception, ROCKRGRL created an atmosphere for women to address music industry sexism head-on. Here is an example from Gretchen Seager of Marys Danish who appeared on the magazines first cover, I just want to be a singer. And I don’t think you should be qualified by your gender, and unfortunately, it’s probably not going to change in my life time. But I just want to be considered a good lyricist and a good singer, just evaluate me on my music and my lyrics and Ill be happy. DeSantis recalled, So many of the stories that women were able to tell in ROCKRGRL were stories they weren’t able to tell in any place else, what was different about ROCKRGRL was that a lot of the artists we talked to had cautionary tales. My favorite artists to talk to are the ones who can talk honestly about what happened and they were dropped by their label – why did that happen. Bands broke up, why did that happen, in ROCKRGRL, what I was looking for were career arcs and career stories – how people got started, what their career was like, how it went for them, and what unusual things they did to be successful. ROCKRGRL peaked at roughly 20,000 in circulation, domestic and international, the magazine was carried by most major retail chains, including Virgin Records, Tower Records, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Hastings Entertainment. ROCKRGRL could also be found in most feminist bookstores, during 2005, the cost for a yearly subscription was $14.95. DeSantis explained, I wanted ROCKRGRL to be in the hands of musicians and it was important to me that it found women who were playing music
5. Arthur's Lady's Home Magazine – Arthurs Home Magazine or Ladies Home Magazine was an American periodical published in Philadelphia by Timothy Shay Arthur. Editors Arthur and Virginia Francis Townsend selected writing and illustrations intended to appeal to female readers, among the contributors, Mary Tyler Peabody Mann and Kate Sutherland. In its early years the monthly comprised a selection of articles published in Arthurs weekly Home Gazette. Its nonfiction stories contained occasional factual inaccuracies for the sake of a good read, a contemporary review judged it gotten up in good taste and well, and is in nothing overdone. Even its fashion plates are not quite such extravagant caricatures of rag-baby work as are usually met with in some of the more fancy magazines, readers included patrons of the Mercantile Library Association of San Francisco. Arthurs Home Magazine Arthurs Illustrated Home Magazine Arthurs Ladys Home Magazine The Home Magazine Ladies Home Magazine Ladys Home Magazine Arthurs Home Magazine, Philadelphia, T. S. Arthur & Co. v.1, 1852-1853 v.15,1860 v.48,1880 Hathi Trust. Ladys Home Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion Hathi Trust
6. The Delineator – The Delineator was an American womens magazine of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, founded by the Butterick Publishing Company in 1869 under the name The Metropolitan Monthly. Its name was changed in 1875, the magazine was published on a monthly basis in New York City. In November 1926, under the editorship of Mrs. William Brown Meloney, it absorbed The Designer, founded in 1887 and published by the Standard Fashion Company, a Butterick subsidiary. One of The Delineators managing editors was writer Theodore Dreiser, who worked with members of the staff such as Sarah Field Splint. The Delineator featured the Butterick sewing patterns and provided a look at the fashion of the day. Butterick also produced quarterly catalogs of fashion patterns in the 1920s, in addition to clothing patterns, the magazine published photos and drawings of embroidery and needlework that could be used to adorn both clothing and items for the home. It also included articles on all forms of home decor and it also published fiction, including many short stories by L. Frank Baum. Endres, Kathleen L. and Therese L. Lueck, eds, womens Periodicals in the United States, Consumer Magazines. Westport, CT, Greenwood Press,1995,60, the Delineator Online archive of cover images
7. A&F Quarterly – A&F Quarterly was an American lifestyle periodical by Abercrombie & Fitch. Targeted towards the youth, the Quarterly primarily served as a promotional vehicle for the A&F brand. Its contents prominently feature photo spreads by A&F photographer Bruce Weber and also encompassed a variety of articles on lifestyle, sex, entertainment, travel, dining, the Quarterlys inclusion of nudity and sexuality has been a continual controversial topic. Positive criticism during its initial American run called it an ingenious marketing tool, the envy of the publishing world, negative criticism summarized the catalog as soft porn and racy. Abercrombie & Fitch discontinued A&F Quarterly in 2003, and later resurfaced it as a limited edition exclusively for the European market. A&F Quarterly returned in 2010 as an element for the Back-to-School marketing campaign, during its American publication, circulation reached a peak of 1.2 million. The Quarterly had a distribution of about 200,000 copies through sales in Abercrombie & Fitch stores, advertisements for A&F Quarterly appeared in Interview, Out, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. Abercrombie & Fitch introduced A&F Quarterly as a tool to express the A&F lifestyle. The Quarterly was meant to establish the image of Abercrombie & Fitch as synonymous with sex and youth, The neo-preppy. The publication was coined a magalog for its purpose of serving as both a magazine and a catalog for the A&F brand and its contents focused on entertaining, and giving advice to, the collegiate youth with an emphasis of having youthful fun and exploring sexuality. The company collaborated with prominent figures in the marketing world to produce the publication, Savas Abadsidis, Sam Shahid. The two had worked together at Calvin Klein. For the Quarterly, Abadsidis served as editor-in-chief, Shahid as creative director, Weber splashed A&F Quarterly with nudity and erotic heterosexuality and homosexuality. A&F Quarterly made its debut in June 1997 and quickly became popular, subsequent publications were released on a quarterly basis, one for each Abercrombie & Fitch fashion season. The first issue was considered relatively tame, with subsequent publications becoming more and more explicit, Abercrombie & Fitch stores required over-age proof and obscured cover nudity, nonetheless, parents complained that the publication found its way to younger-aged children. A&F spokesperson Hampton Carney said, it is beautiful fashion photography and its clean, sexy, and we think our customers will really love it. In July 1999, the court granted American Eagles motion for judgment in its favor. The catalog is printed on vellum paper, which is unique for a catalog
8. Ainslee's Magazine – Ainslees Magazine was an American literary periodical published from 1897 to December 1926. It was originally published as a magazine called The Yellow Kid. It was renamed Ainslees the following year, the magazines publishers were Howard, Ainslee & Co. a division of the Street & Smith publishing house in New York City. Ainslees lasted until December 1926, after which it was merged into Far West Illustrated
9. The American Home – The American Home was a monthly magazine published in the United States from 1928 to 1977. Its subjects included domestic architecture, interior design, landscape design, the American Home was a continuation of the magazine Garden & Home Builder. It was published by Nelson Doubleday of Doubleday, Doran & Company, ellen Diffin Wangner edited the first issues, October 1928 to March 1929. The American Home lost money its first four years, and occasionally entire issues would be omitted, under Eaton, the magazine was refocused toward the upper middle class reader, leaving the higher end of the home market to fellow Doubleday magazine Country Life, which Eaton also bought. By 1953, The American Home had a circulation of over 3 million copies. As part of its desire to out of mass circulation publications. John Mack Carter purchased the magazine in 1973, and it was acquired in late 1975 by the Charter Company, sanford was the first female publisher of a national American magazine. Her goal was to maintain a circulation of 2.5 million and appeal to newly liberated women. Sanford said she wanted the magazine to “speak intelligently to the college-educated and informed woman, ” telling the reader how to “run her home with flair, beauty and pizzazz. ”The publication saw slight gains. It was then merged with the Charter magazine Redbook
10. Audrey (magazine) – Audrey Magazine, or also known as Audrey, was an award-winning national publication covering the Asian experience, as seen from the perspective of Asian American women. The first issue of the magazine hit newsstands in March 2003, the magazine was named after the publishers daughter to acknowledge that many Asian American women have English names. Audrey covered Asians and Asian Americans in popular culture, fashion and beauty trends, lifestyle and travel, as well as social and cultural issues relevant to Asians and Asian Americans. The magazine has featured Asian and Asian American celebrities on its cover, including Frieda Pinto, Maggie Q, the magazine is based in Gardena, California. Audrey and its sister publication KoreAm were acquired by London Media Trust in 2014, the last print issues of the magazine and KoreAm were published in December 2015
11. Chrysalis (magazine) – Chrysalis, A Magazine of Womens Culture was a feminist publication produced from 1977 to 1980. The self-published magazine was founded by Kirsten Grimstad and Susan Rennie at the Womans Building in downtown Los Angeles, chysalis grew from Grimstad and Rennies editorial work on the self-help resource books, The New Womans Survival Catalog and The New Womans Survival Sourcebook. Chrysalis distinguished itself from other feminist publications through an integration of politics, literature, cultural studies. The magazine was produced through a process that grew out of the feminist practice of consciousness-raising. Unusually broad in scope, Chrysalis did not substitute breadth for quality, over a three-year span, the all volunteer staff produced ten issues before they were forced to disband in 1981 due to financial difficulties. Like the east coast publication Heresies, A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics, the editors of Chrysalis called the magazine a vehicle for exploring the radical changes which women are initiating in the realms of theory and praxis. Volume 7 featured Adrienne Richs important essay Disloyal to Civilization, Feminism, Racism, and Gynephobia
12. Conditions (magazine) – Conditions was a lesbian feminist literary magazine that came out biannually from 1976-1980 and annually from 1980 until 1990, and it included poetry, prose, essays, book reviews, and interviews. It was founded in Brooklyn, New York, by Elly Bulkin, Jan Clausen, Irena Klepfisz, Conditions was a magazine that emphasized the lives and writings of lesbians, and, throughout its history, maintained an all-lesbian collective. This collective expressed a long standing commitment to diversity, of writing style and content and of background of contributors, within the lesbian, Conditions was especially dedicated to publishing the work of lesbians, in particular working class lesbians and lesbians of color. While the founders were all white, Conditions was committed to promoting multiracial, multicultural, by the early 1980s, it had a diverse group of editors, especially under the leadership of Cheryl L. Clarke. The journals fifth issue, published in November 1979, was edited by Barbara Smith, Conditions 5, The Black Womens Issue was hugely popular, and set a record in feminist publishing by selling 3000 copies in the first three weeks it was available. It ended because the collective members were focusing on other projects