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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.

  • Wave City Care: Shine Program

    501(c)(3) charity
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Serving: Girls in from grades 5th through 12th
    Needs: 50 magazines per month, year round
    Magazines Requested: Girls teen, Career, National Geographic, Fashion, Home, Family, Women, Seventeen, Redbook, Teen Vogue, Self, Good Housekeeping, Home Journal, Ellle, Homes & Garden

  • Marymount of Santa Barbara

    School or Library
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Serving male and female students from junior kindergarten through eighth grade (ages 4-13)
    Needs: Magazines for 150 students from September 15 to May 15.
    Magazines Requested: Science, current events, animals, bikes, sports, books, writing, national geographic, track, space and astronomy, aviation week, smithsonian, sports illustrated

  • Project Shoe Box

    Foster Care, Care Packages
    40 male and females age 5-18
    Wauwatosa, WI, USA
    Needs: 40 Magazines
    Any Magazines

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