Fan Magazines Collection

Photoplay Cover

Fan magazines gave audiences a way to experience the magic of the movies beyond the theatre. The magazines also gave producers a way to promote their stars and coming films. You can observe a shifting in emphasis across the historical span of this collection. Whereas the volumes of Motion Picture Story Magazine (1913-1914) and the British Picture Stories Magazine (1913-1914) reproduced the stories of films, the fan magazines of the late-teens and beyond focused on the most important audience draw -- the stars.

Our own greatest draw in this collection is our extensive run of Photoplay. Scanned from the original color magazines, the MHDL’s collection of Photoplay begins in 1914 and extends through the early-1940s. Our digital edition of Photoplay is the cumulative result of years of coordination and digitization. Thank you to the collections that provided copies for scanning: Karl Thiede, Bruce Long, the Museum of Modern Art Library and the Pacific Film Archive Library and Film Study Center. Funders include Domitor, an anonymous donor (in memory of Carolyn Hauer), Richard Scheckman, and David Sorochty.

The select holdings of this collection include over one hundred magazine issues digitized by Bruce Long. Bruce Long utilized many of these rare magazines, which include Broadway Brevities, Pantomime, and Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, in the production of his own fanzine, Taylorology.

Extensive Runs

Hollywood (1934-1943)
Modern Screen (1930-1960)
Motion Picture [Magazine] (1914-1941)
The New Movie Magazine (1929-1935)
  • Description: Relatively short-lived magazine that nonetheless played a crucial role in the gossip industry. Launched in 1929, it cost only ten cents, when the majority of high-end magazines sold for a quarter. It was also primarily sold through Woolworth’s five and dime stores; the combination of cost and accessibility led to its dominance, by 1933, over all other magazines (circulation: 650,000). As a result, the other magazines decreased their price to match New Movie’s. New Movie had less content and poorer quality drawings and illustrations, but the content similar in tone and quality to that of the high end magazines. Ceased publication in 1935. -- Anne Helen Petersen, 2013. Secondary sources consulted: Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine by Anthony Slide and MovieMags.com.
  • Dec 1929-May 1930. Vol 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1930. Vol 2 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1931. Vol 3 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1931. Vol 4 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1932. Vol 5 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1932. Vol 6 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1933. Vol 7 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1933. Vol 8 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1934. Vol 9 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1934. Vol 10 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Sep 1935. Vol 11 | Read | Download |
Photoplay (1914-1943)
Picture-Play Magazine (1915-1938)
Radio Mirror (1934-1963)
  • Description: Radio Mirror (later known as Radio and Television Mirror) was a fan magazine for radio listeners and later TV viewers that includes profiles of the stars, visits to radio and television studios, and program listings. The early years in the 1930s show the interaction of motion pictures, recordings, the stage, radio and even politics. The role of radio in World War II is well covered in the 1940s, and by the 1950s the focus shifts to television and a new generation of personalities. -- David Pierce, 2013
  • Note: The title of this publication changed frequently. Titles included Radio Mirror, Radio and Television Mirror, Radio Romances, Radio TV Mirror, and TV Radio Mirror.
  • May-Oct 1934. Vol 2 | Read | Download |
  • Nov 1934-Apr 1935. Vol 3 | Read | Download |
  • May-Oct 1935. Vol 4 | Read | Download |
  • Nov 1935-Apr 1936. Vol 5 | Read | Download |
  • May-Oct 1936. Vol 6 | Read | Download |
  • Nov 1936-Apr 1937. Vol 7 | Read | Download |
  • May-Oct 1937. Vol 8 | Read | Download |
  • Nov 1937-Apr 1938. Vol 9 | Read | Download |
  • May-Oct 1938. Vol 10 | Read | Download |
  • Nov 1938-Apr 1939. Vol 11 | Read | Download |
  • May-Oct 1939. Vol 12 | Read | Download |
  • Nov 1939-Apr 1940. Vol 13 | Read | Download |
  • May-Oct 1940. Vol 14 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1941. Vol 15 no. 3-Vol 16 no. 2 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1941. Vol 16 no. 3-Vol 17 no. 2 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1942. Vol 17 no. 3-Vol 18 no. 2 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1943. Vol 19 no. 3-Vol 20 no. 2 | Read | Download |
  • 1943. Vol 20 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1945. Vol 23 no. 2-Vol 24 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1945. Vol 24 no. 2-Vol 25 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1946. Vol 25 no. 2-Vol 26 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1946. Vol 26 no.2-Vol 27 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1947. Vol 27 no. 2-Vol 28 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1947. Vol 28 no. 2-Vol 29 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1948. Vol 29 no. 2-Vol 30 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1948. Vol 30 no. 2-Vol 31 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1949. Vol 31 no. 2-Vol 32 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1949. Vol 32 no. 2-Vol 33 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1950. Vol 33 no. 2-Vol 34 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1950. Vol 34 no. 2-Vol 35 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1951. Vol 35 no. 2-Vol 36 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1951. Vol 36 no. 2-Vol 37 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1952. Vol 37 no. 2-Vol 38 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1952. Vol 38 no. 2-Vol 39 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1953. Vol 39 no. 2-Vol 40 no. 1 |
  • Jul-Dec 1953. Vol 40 no. 2-Vol 41 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1954. Vol 41 no. 2-Vol 42 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1954. Vol 42 no. 2-Vol 43 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1955. Vol 43 no. 2-Vol 44 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1955. Vol 44 no. 2-Vol 45 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1956. Vol 45 no. 2-Vol 46 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1956. Vol 46 no. 2-Vol 47 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1957. Vol 47 no. 2-Vol 48 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1957. Vol 48 no. 2-Vol 49 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1958. Vol 49 no. 2-Vol 50 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1958. Vol 50 no. 2-Vol 51 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1959. Vol 51 no. 2-Vol 52 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1961. Vol 55 no. 2-Vol 56 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1958. Vol 56 no. 2-Vol 57 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1962. Vol 57 no. 2-Vol 58 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jul-Dec 1962. Vol 58 no. 2-Vol 59 no. 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-Jun 1963. Vol 59 no. 2-Vol 60 no. 1 |
Screenland (1920-1960)
Silver Screen (1930-1940)


Select Holdings of Other Fan Magazines

Broadway Brevities (1921-1922)
Cap'n Joey's Jazza-Ka-Jazza (1922)
Captain Billy's Whiz Bang (1920-1922)
Cinema (Hollywood) (1947)
Cinema Art (1926)
Filmplay (1921-1922)
Film Fun (1916-1926)
Film Lovers' Annual (1932-34)
Film Players Herald and Movie Pictorial (1916)
Film Truth (1920)
Gloom Book (1922)
Hollywood Low Down (1935-1938)
Hollywood Now (1937)
Hot Dog: Regular Fellows Monthly (1921-1922)
Jack Dinsmore's Joy Book (1922)
Jim Jam Jems (1921-1922)
Magazine Articles on the William Desmond Taylor Murder (circa 1930-1960)
The Magazine of Fun (1922)
Morning Telegraph (Hollywood column) (1922-1923)
Mid-Week Pictorial (1922)
Motion Picture Classic (1916-1927)
Motion Picture Story Magazine (1911-1914)
Movie Action Magazine (1935-1936)
Movie Classic (1931-1937)
Movie Pictorial (1914-1915)
Movie Weekly (1922)
National Police Gazette (1922)
New Zealand Theatre & Motion Picture (1922)
Pantomime (1921-1922)
The Photodramatist, also known as The Story World and Photodramatist (1921-1923)
The Photoplayers Weekly (1914-1917)
The Photo-Play Journal (1916-1921)
Photo-Play World (1918-1919)
The Photo-Play Review (1915)
Pictures and the Picturegoer (1915-1937)
Picture Show (1920-1921)
Picture Stories Magazine (1914-1915)
The Quirt (1921)
Screen Mirror (1930-31)
Shadowland (1919-1923)
  • Description: Monthly high end fan magazine described by Anthony Slide as 'very much a sophisticated publication, almost too good to be described as a fan magazine' (31). Its marketing slogan: 'The Handsomest Magazine in the Whole World.' Featured coverage of ballet, the stage, literature and architecture alongside Hollywood films and stars. Ceased publication in 1923 when it merged with Motion Picture Classic. -- Anne Helen Petersen, 2013. Secondary sources consulted: Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine by Anthony Slide and MovieMags.com.
  • Sep 1919-Feb 1920. Vol 1 | Read | Download |
  • Jan-May 1922. Vol 5-6 | Read | Download |
  • Sep 1922-Feb 1923. Vol 7 | Read | Download |
  • Mar-Aug 1923. Vol 8 | Read | Download |
Silverscreen (1922)
Stars and Films of 1937
The Tatler (1919-1922)
Top Secret (1954)
Town Topics (1922)