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Magazine Collectors Cherish First Issues

The anniversary of the first nationwide issue of TV Guide magazine was observed on April 3. TV Guide capitalized on Lucille Ball's popularity for its launch with a picture of Lucy's baby on the cover (worth about $595). That issue, along with the Sept. 25, 1953, issue, with George Reeves as Superman on the cover ($425), rank as two of the most valuable TV Guides in history. 

Prior to the Lucille Ball baby issue, there were valuable regional issues, such as the Jan. 23, 1953, issue with Marilyn Monroe on the cover, which can fetch about $750. The inaugural issue of Time magazine was issued March 3, 1923, with Rep. Joseph Cannon adorning the cover. Nine thousand copies were printed, and depending on the condition of the copies, they are valued at about $500. The magazine was a risk on the part of two young men, Henry Robinson Luce and Britton Hadden. Time is still going strong some 83 years later. The first issue of People magazine launched March 4, 1974, and featured Mia Farrow on the cover. Today, it can bring about $100.

 The starting years of some other major national publications include: Good Housekeeping, 1855; Saturday Evening Post, 1877; Ladies Home Journal, 1883; Life, 1883; Cosmopolitan, 1886; National Geographic, 1888; Field and Stream, 1896; Newsweek, 1925; Family Circle, 1932; Look, 1937; Playboy, 1953; and Sports Illustrated, 1954. Old magazines can still be purchased for anywhere from $5 to $20 at flea markets and garage sales. However, keep in mind that the real collectibles, such as the first Playboy, published in December 1953, will cost a couple of thousand dollars. Some collectors try to collect all the issues of a particular magazine, but for obvious reasons that can be overwhelming. The most valuable magazines are the first issues, whether or not they are still being published.

The first Sports Illustrated was released on Aug. 16, 1954, and featured the Milwaukee Braves' Eddie Mathews on the cover. That issue is worth around $250 in excellent condition. The second issue, a week later, is also very collectible, as it contained a card foldout of the New York Yankees.

Life magazine debuted as a weekly on January 4, 1883. The motto of the first issue was "While there's Life, there's hope." Life was the first allphotograph U.S. news magazine, and was a dominant magazine for more than 40 years. One of its best-known pictures was Alfred Eisenstaedt's shot of a nurse in a sailor's arms taken on VE Day, Aug. 27, 1945, in Manhattan. National Geographic actually started in 1888, but there were only nine issues until 1896. Since then (except for a couple of instances) the magazine has been issued monthly. The first four issues from 1888-1889 are worth several thousand dollars each, but are extremely difficult to obtain. Most of the other issues can be purchased for no more than about $50, but most issues of this highly collected magazine cost much less. Not all magazines survive the test of time.

Take the case of Woman's Magazine. Its founder, Edward G. Lewis, started it in the early 1900s, and for a while its circulation of 1,600,000 was the greatest in the world. However, a dispute with an advertiser, the American Woman's League, led to the demise of Lewis and his publishing empire. In 1912, Lewis, the founder and first mayor of University City, Mo., closed his doors and moved to California. Early copies of Woman's Magazine, or another of Lewis' publications, Woman's National Daily, are very popular among serious magazine collectors. A comprehensive price guide of contemporary magazines is "Collectible Magazines" by David Henkel. If you are interested in learning more about magazines and their place in history, a book by Norberto Angeletti and Alberto Oliva, "Magazines That Make History: Their Origins, Development and Influence," may interest you.

A Short History Of United States Coins

If you're one of the lucky few who have realized the thrill of coin collecting, you might be interested in learning a little about the history of US coins. Many rare coins are out there, waiting to be collected, and understanding where they came from will help you identify a genuine rare coin when you see it.

What is the origin of US coins?
When the settlers first came to what would become the United States, there was no standard currency. Many different types of currency floated around, and people bartered for goods and services.

The first national mint was started in 1792. The mint was located in Philadelphia, which was the nation's capitol at the time, and it was run by scientist David Rittenhouse. In its first year of production the mint produced 11, 178 copper pennies as well as many silver and gold pieces. The coins were circulated among all of the states of the new nation.

What types of coins have been popular?
Although many rare and old coins are prized by collectors, some are recognized and loved by everyone. The first presidential profile on a coin didn't arrive until 1899 with George Washington's profile being featured on the Lafayette dollar. However, the dollar was for commemorative purposes only and was not put into circulation.

The Lincoln head penny was the first coin featuring a president's image to be widely used. Prior to Lincoln's portrait, a woman symbolizing liberty or an eagle were on the front of the penny. The Lincoln penny appeared in 1909, the 100th anniversary of Lincoln's birth.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was also honored with his own coin in 1946. The Mercury dime was replaced with Roosevelt's profile to recognize the president's contribution to the nation and his support of the March of Dimes.

In addition to Roosevelt, Washington and Lincoln, Jefferson, Kennedy and Eisenhower have also been honored on the face of coins.

What are the recent changes to collectible coins?
Coin collecting got a huge boost in 1999 when the 50 state quarter series started. Each year for 10 years, five new quarters were released with custom backs. The back designs honored each of the 50 states. Starting in 2007, the US Mint began releasing the Presidential Dollars. For the next 10 years, each non-living president will be honored in the order in which they served.

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