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Vintage Popular Science Magazine, Volume 7 DVD, 1950-1954, 54 issues

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The Volume 7 DVD of our Popular Mechanics series contains 54 issues from 1950-1954.  These are all hard to find issues..



Vintage Popular Science Magazine Collection
Volume 7

Popular Science (PopSci) is an American monthly magazine carrying popular science content, that is, articles for the general reader on science and technology subjects. Popular Science has won over 58 awards, including the American Society of Magazine Editors awards for its journalistic excellence in both 2003 (for General Excellence) and 2004 (for Best Magazine Section). With roots beginning in 1872, PopSci has been translated into over 30 languages and goes out to at least 45 countries.

Popular Science Monthly was founded in May 1872 by Edward L. Youmans to disseminate scientific knowledge to the educated layman. Youmans had previously worked as an editor for the weekly Appleton's Journal and persuaded them to publish his new journal. Early issues were mostly reprints of English periodicals. The journal became an outlet for writings and ideas of Charles Darwin, Thomas Henry Huxley, Louis Pasteur, Henry Ward Beecher, Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, Thomas Edison, John Dewey and James McKeen Cattell. William Jay Youmans, Edward's brother, helped found Popular Science Monthly in 1872 and was an editor as well. He became editor-in-chief on Edward's death in 1887. The publisher, D. Appleton & Company, was forced for economic reasons to sell the journal in 1900.

James McKeen Cattell became the editor in 1900 and the publisher in 1901. Cattell had a background in academics and continued publishing articles for educated readers. By 1915 the readership was declining and publishing a science journal was a financial challenge. In a September 1915 editorial, Cattell related these difficulties to his readers and announced that the "Popular Science Monthly" name had been "transferred" to a group that wanted the name for a general audience magazine, a publication which fit the name better. The existing journal would continue the academic tradition as Scientific Monthly. Existing subscribers would remain subscribed under the new name. Scientific Monthly was published until 1958 when it was absorbed into Science.

The Modern Publishing Company acquired the Popular Science Monthly name. This company had purchased Electrician and Mechanic magazine in 1914 and over the next two years merged several magazines together into a science magazine for a general audience. The magazine had a series of name changes: Modern Electrics and Mechanics, Popular Electricity and Modern Mechanics, Modern Mechanics and finally World's Advance, before the publishers purchased the name Popular Science Monthly. The October 1915 issue was titled Popular Science Monthly and World's Advance.

The change in Popular Science Monthly was dramatic. The old version was a scholarly journal that had eight to ten articles in a 100 page issue. There would be ten to twenty photographs or illustrations. The new version had hundreds of short, easy to read articles with hundreds of illustrations.

This collection on DVD provides the monthly issues shown in high quality PDF format.  Each issue is a high resolution PDF file, hence why our complete set takes up a whopping 9 DVD's.  You need the latest copy of Adobe Reader to view these files. This collection really exemplifies classic Americana.  Equally as interesting as the old articles are the old advertisements that are included in these.  Perfect for someone doing research or is interested in reading some of these old articles.
Volume 7 DVD (54 total monthly issues)
1950 03 Mar 1951 10 Oct 1953 04 Apr
1950 04 Apr 1951 11 Nov 1953 05 May
1950 05 May 1951 12 Dec 1953 06 Jun
1950 06 Jun 1952 01 Jan 1953 07 Jul
1950 07 Jul 1952 02 Feb 1953 08 Aug
1950 08 Aug 1952 03 Mar 1953 09 Sep
1950 09 Sept 1952 04 April 1953 10 Oct
1950 10 Oct 1952 05 May 1953 11 Nov
1950 12 Dec 1952 06 Jun 1953 12 Dec
1951 01 Jan 1952 07 Jul 1954 01 Jan
1951 02 Feb 1952 08 Aug 1954 02 Feb
1951 03 Mar 1952 09 Sep 1954 03 Mar
1951 04 Apr 1952 10 Oct 1954 04 Apr
1951 05 May 1952 11 Nov 1954 05 May
1951 06 Jun 1952 12 Dec 1954 06 Jun
1951 07 Jul 1953 01 Jan 1954 07 Jul
1951 08 Aug 1953 02 Feb 1954 08 Aug
1951 09 Sept 1953 03 Mar 1954 09 Sep

Sample images shown in low resolution






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