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Another movie "fan magazine" which carried fiction in its earlier years, principally novelizations of film scripts.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1917 – May-1920: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   The Downs Publishing Co., Philadelphia, PA
Prices:   35c


Called the Atlanta Review of Race and Culture.

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 1940 – present
Publishers:   Atlanta University, GA
Editors:   W.E.B. DuBois

Physical Culture (US)

The foundation stone of MacFadden's sleazy publishing empire. Although a popular health-and-fitness magazine (much condemned by serious medical journals), it published a surprising amount of fiction -- to such an extent that "in the early thirties, it aped the general monthlies and ran fiction by popular authors like Warwick Deeping and Harold Bell Wright" (Theodore Peterson, Magazines in the Twentieth Century).

Issues & Index Sources

  Mar-1899 – 1941: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  1943 – 1950
  1950 – ?, as MacFadden's Health Review, 1950


  Bernarr MacFadden


  in 1914: Carl Williams
  ? – Sep-1916: Brisben Walker


  initially: 6.75" x 9.5"
  Feb-1919 – ?: 9" x 11.75"



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Physical Culture (UK)

see under Sandow's Magazine

Physique Culture for Boys and Girls

US reprints.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1905 – ?
Publishers:   Bernarr MacFadden
Pagecounts:   20pp
Frequency:   monthly


Initially similar to Life in size and format, became more like a "men's adventure" magazine in the late 1950s.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1937 – Nov-1958
Publishers:   Wagner Publications (in 1950s)
Sources:   It's a Man's World


Total Issues: 1

Small press fantasy/horror fiction magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1992: Science Fiction Index
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Piccadilly [1887]

Issues & Index Sources

  15-Jan-1887 – 7-Jan-1888, as Entertainment Gazette and Guide to London
  14-Jan-1888 – 9-Nov-1893, as Piccadilly


  William Le Queux?



Piccadilly [1920]

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1920 – May-1926

Piccadilly [1929]

Glossy society paper full of photographs of the rich and the famous and the inevitable debutantes page. It ran mostly chatty gossip columns, but also ran a few stories, plus an interesting column by T. Stanhope Sprigg.

Issues & Index Sources:  27-Apr-1929? – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Piccadilly Magazine, Ltd.
Editors:   A. Spenser Allberry
Frequency:   weekly

Piccadilly Playtime

Total Issues: 1?

The only price listed anywhere is 75c.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1950s
Publishers:   Julian Press, 174 Great Suffolk Street, LONDON SE1


Published George Griffith's novel "The Great Pirate Syndicate" (1898).

Issues & Index Sources:  6-Oct-1888 – 2-Jan-1909
Publishers:   Pearson
Prices:   1d
Frequency:   weekly

Pictorial Detective

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1945 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Country Press Inc., 1100 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY, and Broadway and 11th, Louisville, KY
Frequency:   monthly

Pictorial Juvenile Penny Weekly

Total Issues: 23

Issues & Index Sources:  Feb-1853 – Dec-1854
Publishers:   Houlston & Stoneman
Pagecounts:   24pp
Frequency:   monthly

The Pictorial Magazine

see under The Penny Pictorial Magazine

Pictorial Magazine for Little Children

Issues & Index Sources

  1855 – 1858

#becomes Little Child's Picture Magazine



Pictorial Pages

Religious paper.

Issues & Index Sources:  Aug-1853 – 1855
Publishers:   Houlston & Stoneman
Pagecounts:   8pp
Frequency:   monthly

The Pictorial Review

Another women's fashion magazine which became heavy with quality fiction. "In time, a number of its stories were appearing in the collections of best short stories selected by Edward J. O'Brien, and a number of its serials were later appearing in book form, among them Donn Byrne's "Hangman's House", Edith Wharton's "Age of Innocence", Booth Tarkington's "Alice Adams", as well as works by Emil Ludwig, Carl Sandburg, Gertrude Atherton, Joseph Conrad, and others" (Theodore Peterson, Magazines in the Twentieth Century); absorbed The Delineator, 1937.

Issues & Index Sources

  1899 – Jan-1939: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)


  1899 – 1932: William Paul Ahnelt
  1932 – 1934: George S. Fowler
  1935 – 1939: Hearst


  ?: Arthur T. Vance
  ?: Percy Waxman
  ?: Herbert Mayes


  standard, later big slick?


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