World’s Longest -running and Most Popular Periodicals

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Periodicals have been part of our daily lives. Some popular periodicals have been in circulation for hundred years already. These periodicals provide us news, entertainment, advice, stories, tips, educational articles, latest in fashion, information and many others.

1. Reader’s Digest


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This is one of my personal favorite magazines, the Reader’s Digest. Since 1950’s it had a monthly circulation in the millions. Numerous foreign-language editions, as well as Braille edition, are published. Reader’s Digest is a monthly general-interest family magazine founded in 1922. Although its circulation has declined in recent years it is still the best-selling consumer magazine in the USA, with a circulation of 10 million copies in the United States, and a readership of 38 million. Global editions of Reader’s Digest reach an additional 40 million people in more than 70 countries, with 50 editions in 21 languages. It is also published in “Braille”, digital, audio, and a version in large type called Reader’s Digest Large Print. The magazine is owned and published by The Reader’s Digest Association, a privately-held company based in Chappaqua, New York.



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Time’s premier issue, March 3, 1923

Time is one of the world’s most favorite newsmagazine and one of the most popular magazines in the world. Time magazine was founded in 1923. One interesting trivia about Time is that the magazine has suggested that through an acronym the letters T-I-M-E stand for “The International Magazine of Events.” It is a weekly American newsmagazine. A European edition (Time Europe, formerly known as Time Atlantic) is published from London. Time Europe covers the Middle East, Africa and, since 2003, Latin America. An Asian edition (Time Asia) is based in Hong Kong. Time publishes simultaneously in Canada, with separate advertising. The South Pacific edition, covering Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, is based in Sydney.

3. Newsweek


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Newsweek was founded in 1933, it is an American weekly newsmagazine published in New York City. It is distributed throughout the United States and internationally. It is the second largest news weekly magazine in the U.S., having trailed Time in circulation and advertising revenue for most of its existence, although both are much larger than the third of America’s prominent weeklies, US News & World Report. Newsweek is published in four English language editions and 12 global editions written in the language of the circulation region.

4. Vanity Fair


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Vanity Fair is an American magazine of culture, fashion, and politics published by Conde Nast Publications. Its first issue was published in 1913 but closed in 1936. It was however revived in 1983.

5. Ebony


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Ebony’s first issue was published in 1945. It is a monthly magazine for the African American market. Ebony cover photography has since its inception focused on African American celebrities and politicians–from Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge, to Michael Jackson and Barack Obama. Persistently upbeat like its generic contemporary Life, Ebony has striven always to address African-American issues, personalities, and interests in a positive and self-affirming manner. Corporations here and abroad have for decades created advertising specifically for the pages of Ebony featuring black models driving cars and enjoying soft drinks–the first magazine to feature such ads.

6. Cosmopolitan


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Cosmopolitan has been in circulation since it was first published in 1886. It is the best-selling young women’s magazine in the world. The content includes articles on relationships and sex, health, careers, self-improvement, celebrities, as well as fashion and beauty. Published by Hearst Magazines, Cosmopolitan has 58 international editions, is printed in 34 languages and is distributed in more than 100 countries

7. Ladies Home Journal


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This is the folded copy of The Ladies Home Journal and Practical Housekeeper (March 1886).

Ladies’ Home Journal is a magazine which first appeared February 16, 1883 and eventually became one of the leading magazines of the 20th Century, published by the Curtis Publishing Company.

8. Good Housekeeping


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Good Housekeeping magazine had been in continuous publication since it was first publish in 1885. This magazine was founded 1885 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Good Housekeeping is a women’s magazine owned by the Hearst Corporation, featuring articles about women’s interests, product testing by The Good Housekeeping Institute, recipes, diet, health, as well as literary articles. It is well known for the “Good Housekeeping Seal,” popularly known as the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.” The magazine achieved a circulation of 300,000 by 1911, at which time it was bought by the Hearst Corporation. In 1966 it reached 5,500,000 readers. The Hearst Corporation created a British edition along the same lines in 1922.

9. Vogue


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This magazine had been around for more than a hundred year. Vogue is a fashion and lifestyle magazine published in eighteen countries by Conde Nast Publications. Each month, Vogue publishes a magazine addressing topics of fashion, life and design.Vogue was founded as a bimonthly publication in 1892. In 1909, Conde Nast picked it up and slowly began growing the publication. The magazine’s number of subscriptions surged during the Depression and again during World War II.

10. National Geographic Magazine


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This magazine had been around for more than a hundred year. The National Geographic Magazine was first published in 1888. It is the official journal of the National Geographic Society. There are 12 monthly issues of the National Geographic per year, plus additional map supplements. On rare occasions, special editions are also issued. It contains articles about geography, popular science, history, culture, current events, and photography.

11. Sports Illustrated


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Sports Illustrated is an American sports magazine owned by media conglomerate Time Warner. It has over 3 million subscribers and is read by 23 million adults each week, including over 18 million men, 19% of the adult males in the United States. It was the first magazine with circulation over one million to win the National Magazine Award for General Excellence twice. Its swimsuit issue, which has been published since 1964, is now an annual publishing event that generates its own television shows, videos and calendars.

12. Popular Mechanics


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Popular Mechanics is an American magazine devoted to science and technology. It was first published in1902 and has been owned since the 1950s by the Hearst Corporation. There is also a Latin American edition that has been published for decades and a newly formed South African version available. Popular Mechanics features regular sections on automotive, home, outdoors, science, and technology topics.

13. The American Journal of Science


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The American Journal of Science (AJS) was founded in 1818. It is America’s longest-running scientific journal, having been published continuously since its conception in 1818. Until 1880, it was also known as the American Journal of Science and Arts, but its focus was always on natural sciences and especially on geology and related subjects. AJS is a high-impact journal, boasting an impact factor of 3.607 – making it the highest ranked peer-reviewed earth science journal, excluding review-oriented journals. Frequency of publication is once a month (without summer months July & August).

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