The Very First Covers of 30 Famous Magazines

By Abby Heugel

Did you know that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s baby was on the first cover of TV Guide? Or that Marilyn Monroe graced the first cover of Playboy? (It’s probably a good thing they didn’t get those two mixed up.)

At any rate, magazines have come a long way — along with their covers. We’ve rounded up 30 of the most popular magazines to show you what they looked like at the very beginning…

Playboy, 1953

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Time, 1923

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People, 1974

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Rolling Stone, 1967

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Glamour, 1939

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New Yorker 1925

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