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Best Old Magazines to Collect

Updated on January 13, 2017

Norman Rockwell

Magazine Covers by Famous Artists

Many of the covers on the Country Gentleman Magazine were done by none other than our beloved Norman Rockwell and they are very collectible. These are popular items not only in the paper category but also in the art world.

On the low end a magazine in less than good condition may bring as little as ten dollars. Two of the 1917 issues were different and bring higher prices. These are the Feb 10 issue and the March 24 issue. The Feb 10 front cover is "Postman Delivering Valentines" by Tony Sarg and the March 24 issue is titled "Owl" by Paul Bransom.

Past is a fantastic resource for finding average prices of many magazines and publications. Checking the auction sites and other sales avenues such as Heritage, will also help you to form a general idea of how much these magazines are worth. Search for the title of the particular magazine you have and form an average price from all the prices quoted.

Public libraries also carry an extensive collection of antique price guides. Be sure to check the art market, as anything done by Norman Rockwell is highly collectible.

Private collectors who wish to complete their collection of a certain magazine may be willing to pay higher prices in order to complete their collections.

Antiques Journal Magazine

Collectible Antiques Journal Magazine
Collectible Antiques Journal Magazine

Antiques Journal Magazine

Antiques Journal is an excellent magazine for those collecting old paper and for those who want to learn more about period furniture and ways of life.

Old magazines are a great source of information for anyone creating price guides. Antique dealers also use them to identify pieces that may have been reproduced in recent years.

The articles and photos are not the only thing important in old magazines.

Many people collect the advertisements. They are also used for home d├ęcor.

Antiques Journal Magazine

Collectible Antiques Journal magazine
Collectible Antiques Journal magazine

Life Magazines

The Life magazine special on World War II is filled with photos and articles of interest to those who collect military memorabilia. Collectors looking for more information on WWII will find this copy extremely important.

Reprints and centennial publications have been published by many cities and towns to commemorate their participation in events and wars.

Special Issue Magazines

Pathfinder Newspaper

The Pathfinder publication was actually a popular newspaper in Washington ,DC in the early 1900s. It contained a wide assortment of articles and news items. This copy is very fragile and the paper has browned but the articles and especially the ads are very interesting.

Almost any old magazine you can find that is filled with photos and articles on hundreds of subjects is being collected by someone. .

Many of our most treasured authors today got their start in a magazine that was popular as they began their writing careers.

1900's Newspaper

Interesting Article Titles in the Pathfinder

In May of 1928 these were some of the important topics.

Who are our Slacker Voters?

Couldn't we be asking that same question today?

A person one-sixth Indian blood?

Many people are asking this question even today so I suppose it has not been answered

Well how does a 3000 year old dog look?

Mighty similar to today's wolves I guess.

Candle All Eggs Before Shipping?

Well I suppose this would tell us if there's a chick inside.

Whence the name "Peking"?

I've never questioned where the word cam from. i just assumed it was Chinese or Japanese.

I bet a traffic signal game was fun in 1926.

We all need to know : Where is the Roof of the World? Or even if there is one.


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      galleryofgrace 5 years ago from Virginia

      Many of the old magazines do seem like history books in picture form. Thanks for commenting.

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      Domenick Dicce 5 years ago

      I love old magazines. I am not interested in complete runs but the history that they can capture. Time, Life, People, and so on can be amazing time capsules.

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      galleryofgrace 7 years ago from Virginia

      Great, 50s car mags will always be popular.

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      The Mag House 7 years ago

      We have a huge inventory of magazines that we are uploading to the website. (Ughh it takes sooo long) As for now my older mags are 1950s car mags and older Nat Geos.