Magazine History – Sam
When looking into magazine publishing I stumbled across some information on the first consumer magazines ever published,
Some of these traditional magazines are still in print and are over 200 years old.
Firstly there was The Gentlemen’s Magazine, first published in 1731 in London, it is considered to have been the first general-interest magazine, written by Edward Cave, it ran uninterrupted for almost 200 years, until 1922.
The original complete title was The Gentleman’s Magazine: or, Trader’s monthly intelligencer. Cave’s innovation was to create a monthly digest of news and commentary on any topic the educated public might be interested in, from commodity prices to Latin poetry.
Before the founding of The Gentleman’s Magazine, there were specialized journals, but no such wide-ranging publication (although there had been attempts, such as The Gentleman’s Journal, which was edited by Peter Motteux and ran from 1692 to 1694).
Second was the oldest magazine still in print, The Scots Magazine. First published in 1739, though it has had multiple changes in ownership and publication gaps totaling over 90 years, this weakens the claim that it is the oldest magazine still in print.
Third and last is Lloyds List, founded in Edward Lloyd England coffee shop in 1734, it is still published as a daily newspaper.
It’s circulation is now international and is both paper and web-based, it appears daily.
As well as shipping news, Lloyds List today covers marine insurance, offshore energy, logistics, global trade and law.