SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content

Join our mailing list (enter email):

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Thrilling and Popular: 1939

Thrilling and Popular: 1939

October 1939. "Display of magazines for sale in Taylor, Texas." We'll take one of each, please. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

1st Edition

The Thrilling Football Stories shown is the first (and maybe only) edition of that pulp. Two copies on eBay right now, one asking $99, the other twice that.

Thrilling Ranch, Thrilling Sports,

And our latest publication, Thrilling Display Racks!

Pricing according to demand?

Hmm. So, Thrilling Football (and nearly all the others) are 10 cents. But Thrilling Ranch is 15 cents (for the prurient inside, we must pay a bit more). And, our lowly Saturday Evening Post, a paltry 5 cents.

The boring ones on the bottom

The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's are dated November 4, 1939. The Time magazine (with a picture on the cover of King Gustav V of Sweden, of all people) is dated October 30, 1939.


I collect pulp magazines and to see a photo like this is like being a kid in a candy store. They might have sold for a dime at the time, but even a pulp in the sorriest condition will sell for $20 today. If you want a sought-after issue in respectable condition, it may run a couple hundred dollars.

I hope this newsstand also carries bags and boards.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.