The Nov. 29, 1963 issue of “Life” magazine featured a somber formal portrait of the recently assassinated President on its cover and is of great interest to collectors. Military historians watch for World War II-era “Colliers” for their articles by Martha Gellhorn, the award-winning journalist who stowed away on a hospital ship to cover the D-Day landing on Normandy first hand.
For those collectors who take their politics with a side of humor, the 1972 “Harvard Lampoon” featured a “Cosmopolitan-esque” centerfold of former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger... in the nude.
In some cases magazines are collected solely for their covers. “The Saturday Evening Post” featuring the work of Norman Rockwell and “Harper’s Weekly” covers by Maxfield Parish are two such publications. Cover photography is another area of interest with categories ranging from sports figures and politicians to actors and rock stars. Publications to watch for include “ Ebony,” “Time,” and “Rolling Stone.” Also watch for copies of “Life” with vintage Coke ads on the back cover, especially those featuring Santa.
Condition is a top consideration in the value of a magazine, no matter what it is. I found an in-depth 10-point scale for grading magazines online at collectingoldmagazines.com/magazine-resources/grading, that you may find very useful.
While it many be a little be too soon to forecast the effects of digital publishing on magazines, there are those who anticipate that they could go the way of record albums.
If this prediction is correct, then the dwindling supply of magazines could cause a considerable increase in the value of those that survive.
Until next time,
Linda Hamer Kennett is a professional liquidation consultant specializing in down-sizing for seniors and the liquidation of estates and may be reached at 317-429-7887 or firstname.lastname@example.org