It has been said that if you really want to learn about the history of the United States, you should turn not to what college students and academic historians are reading, but what regular Joes were reading on the train to work. That generally refers to genre fiction and trashy paperbacks but in my mind it can also refer to magazines—and even more specifically, magazine covers. It’s these that are the subject of Momentous Magazines, a thorough retrospective of the last 50 years of American history as told through the covers of our major magazines.
Momentous Magazines comes courtesy of Flipsnack, which is a website for creating your own online magazines. That makes it the perfect medium for an exploration of magazine covers, including iconic covers from Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, TV Guide and National Geographic that can be compared side by side.
You can take a look at Momentous Magazines right here. And you don’t even have to feel guilty about not reading the articles, because this is all about the covers.