Illustrated London News June 17, 1944

Newspapers and magazines are disposable. Today's newspapers are tomorrow's fish and chips paper. However, they also record history. Let a few years pass by and these old newspapers and magazines can offer fascinating insights into important events and significant people from different eras. They also represent history in another regard - as digital and electronic media becomes more prevalent, newspapers and magazines themselves may well become artefacts of the past one day.

AbeBooks offers a vast number of vintage newspapers, magazines, periodicals and journals. Time and Life magazines, Playboy, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Vogue, the Illustrated London News (including the entire 120-year consecutive run of over 6,000 issues, for a cool 380 grand), the Paris Review and Popular Science are just a few of the famous names that can be found on the site, commemorating, celebrating and lamenting some of the most important discoveries, voyages and people the world has ever known. The scarcity of these items has made them a prize among collectors and history buffs.

This selection includes lots of literary material including Ernest Hemingway, Ray Bradbury, P.G. Wodehouse, William Faulkner and Philip Roth.

25 Pieces of History

Newsweek December 2, 1963 - The John F. Kennedy assassination issue.
Newsweek December 2, 1963

The John F. Kennedy assassination issue.

Time Magazine, February 12, 1945 - Heinrich Himmler - the Gestapo chief committed suicide three months later
Time Magazine, February 12, 1945

Heinrich Himmler - the Gestapo chief committed suicide three months later
Time Magazine April 14, 1923 - Winston Churchill’s first of many appearances on the cover of Time.
Time Magazine April 14, 1923

Winston Churchill's first of many appearances on the cover of Time.

Time Magazine September 15, 1961 - The reclusive author J.D. Salinger is featured in a six- page article.
Time Magazine September 15, 1961

The reclusive author J.D. Salinger is featured in a six- page article.

Jet Magazine April 18, 1968 - The legacy of Martin Luther King, published two weeks after his death.
Jet Magazine April 18, 1968

The legacy of Martin Luther King, published two weeks after his death.

Life Magazine January 14, 1966 - Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh and Pham Van Dong are on the cover
Life Magazine January 14, 1966

Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh and Pham Van Dong are on the cover.

Playboy June 1959 - Includes ‘The Origins of the Beat Generation’ by Jack Kerouac.
Playboy June 1959

Includes ‘The Origins of the Beat Generation' by Jack Kerouac.

Mad Magazine April 1969
Issue No. 126 - a classic with Uncle 'Alfred E.' Sam
Mad Magazine April 1969

Issue No. 126 - a classic with Uncle ‘Alfred E.' Sam.


The Paris Review No. 18

Ernest Hemingway interview, a Philip Roth short story & more.

Life Magazine September 1, 1952 -Includes the first appearance of The Old Man And The Sea by Hemingway.
Life Magazine September 1, 1952

Includes the first appearance of The Old Man And The Sea by Hemingway.


Galaxy Science Fiction February 1951

Includes the novella ‘The Fireman' by Ray Bradbury, which became Fahrenheit 451.

Life Magazine, 12 May 1967 - During the filming of In Cold Blood Truman Capote is shown with the films actors Robert Blake and Scott Wilson on set at the site of the crime in Kansas
Life Magazine, 12 May 1967

During the filming of In Cold Blood Truman Capote is shown with the films actors Robert Blake and Scott Wilson on set at the site of the crime in Kansas.

National Geographic May 1906 - In-depth coverage of the San Francisco earthquake disaster.
National Geographic May 1906

In-depth coverage of the San Francisco earthquake disaster.
Life Magazine January 10, 1964 - The reminiscences of Douglas MacArthur, published a few months before his death.
Life Magazine January 10, 1964

The reminiscences of Douglas MacArthur, published a few months before his death.

Popular Science October 1958 - World’s first atomic scare & a space meal in a toothpaste tube.
Popular Science October 1958

World's first atomic scare & a space meal in a toothpaste tube.

Daily Record June 3rd 1953 - This Scottish paper celebrates the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Daily Record June 3rd 1953

This Scottish paper celebrates the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Paris Review No. 12 - Includes an interview with author William Faulkner
The Paris Review No. 12

Includes an interview with author William Faulkner.

New York Times October 6, 1863 - Includes General Lee’s official report of his campaign in Pennsylvania and Maryland during the US Civil War.
New York Times October 6, 1863

Includes General Lee's official report of his campaign in Pennsylvania and Maryland during the US Civil War.

Playboy February 1960 - Includes the story ‘How Right You Are, Jeeves!’ by P.G. Wodehouse.
Playboy February 1960

Includes the story ‘How Right You Are, Jeeves!' by P.G. Wodehouse.
Daily Telegraph May 21, 1937 - King George inspects his navy in this coronation naval review supplement.
Daily Telegraph May 21, 1937

King George inspects his navy in this coronation naval review supplement.

Newsweek July 21 1969 - Preview of the Apollo 11 mission with Neil Armstrong on the cover.
Newsweek July 21 1969

Preview of the Apollo 11 mission with Neil Armstrong on the cover.

Life Magazine June 15, 1953 - This issue celebrates the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Life Magazine June 15, 1953

This issue celebrates the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Saturday Evening Post April 14, 1962 - A lengthy report on Iran’s royal family.
Saturday Evening Post April 14, 1962

A lengthy report on Iran's royal family.

Rolling Stone January 20, 1972 - 100th issue of the classic magazine with A Clockwork Orange, Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia & more.
Rolling Stone January 20, 1972

100th issue of the classic magazine with A Clockwork Orange, Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia & more.

Life Magazine September 29, 1958 - The Big Country western is released starring Gregory Peck & Jean Simmons.
Life Magazine September 29, 1958

The Big Country western is released starring Gregory Peck & Jean Simmons.

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