Variety, Movie Makers, Filmland & More Vintage Magazines Online

August 13, 2013

Entertainment Magazines

More than likely, you're all fairly familiar with periodicals like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, because plenty of news comes through those outlets. Now that newspapers, magazines and the like are going for a bigger online push, there are less and less hard copies of these trades. But back in the day, that was how news got around, and there were tons of other print magazines focusing on filmed entertainment like Filmland, Movie Makers, Motion Picture Magazine, International Projectionist and more. Now decades of these archived periodicals are available for hardcore film history nerds to scour online.

InfoDocket (via Indiewire) says the current collection of issues on Lantern includes but is not limited to:

Business Screen (1938-1973)
Educational Screen (1922-1962)
The Film Daily (1918-1948)
International Photographer (1929-1941)
International Projectionist (1933-1965)
Transactions of SMPE and Journal of SMPE (1915-1954)
Motion Picture Magazine (1914-1941)
Motography (1909-1918)
Movie Classic (1931-1937)
Movie Makers (1926-1953)
Moving Picture World (1907-1919)
The New Movie Magazine (1929-1935)
Photoplay (1914-1943)
Radio Annual and Television Yearbook (1938-1964)
Radio Digest (1923-1933)
Radio Mirror (1934-1963)
Radio Broadcast (1922-1930)
Sponsor (1946-1964)
Talking Machine World (1906-1928)
Variety (1905-1926)

These issues come from The Media History Digital Library and can be easily searched and viewed in PDF form thanks to an online project called Lantern. Indiewire says, "Eric Hoyt, Carl Hagenmaier, and Wendy Hagenmaier first tried to get search functionality for the materials that were apart of the Media History Digital Library in 2011, and Hoyt later used the institutional support of his employer, the University of Wisconsin--Madison to facilitate the process." Do a quick search of some of your favorite classic directors, actors and more and see what you can find. This is certainly one of the most film nerdy things we've found this week. Also, be sure to check out the Kickstarter for the amazing Cinefex iPad app with only 3 days to go.

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