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The Grand Magazine of Magazines

I took a brief respite from my preoccupation with where magazines are now and where they are headed when I accidentally surfed into The Grand Magazine of Magazines – Issues August – December, 1750, published in London and digitized by Google.

It’s a fascinating cornucopia of articles across many disciplines – literature, poetry, economics and business, foreign affairs, science, and DIY. Compare to what we might read today in Astronomy magazine about Pluto dethroned to the article on page 254 about the solar system then – known only out to the planet Saturn. Martha Stewart and fans might enjoy the article on page 257 entitled A New Method of Making Pictures of Birds with their Natural Feathers. There were stock prices in London for each month and a curious Bill of Mortality at the end of each issue showing the number of christenings (about 1,400 per month) and burials (about 2,500 per month) – sadly more than 700 under the age of terrible two.

The diversion was well worth my attention and reminded me to reach out to the folks at Readers Digest to add the magazine to our literacy portfolio.

  • New York Foundling

    New York Foundling

    Foster Care
    18 boys and 24 girls
    New York, NY USA
    Needs: 42 Magazines
    Magazines Requested: LUCKY magazine, J-14, Popstar, Teen Voices, Girls Life and Sports related.

  • Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County

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    501(c)(3) Charity
    40 individuals per month of both genders age 16 and older. Some children are immigrants
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Needs: 40 per month
    Magazines requested: any and all magazines.

  • Nunavut Inuit Families

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    Education Program
    1,500 children and adults
    Nunavut Territory, Canada
    Needs: 250 magazines and comics
    National Geographic Little Kids, National Geographic Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, education and fishing magazines, and comics.

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