Remember when our culture revolved around magazines? When a cover on Rolling Stone was the end-all for a band, an outfit in Esquire meant an instant fashion trend or a thoughtful, well-sourced feature in The Atlantic could change the minds of people and policy-makers? The halcyon days of magazines live on, well, in magazines! Cool, curated magazines from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s are easy to find, and in their pages, there are worlds worth exploring. We’re talking about vintage Playboys with short stories from Hemingway and Kurt Vonnegut. We’re talking about back issues of Rolling Stone when it was at its most rock and roll. Vintage Esquires, GQs, Heavy Metal, Outside, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, Starlog, and Omni.
The old magazines you can find on eBay and Esty are a fantastic type of time travel. If you’re stuck on what to get a father for a birthday, Christmas, an anniversary, or any other occasion, we can’t recommend slick vintage magazines strong enough. Here’s a selection of some great ones from both eBay and Etsy. While Fatherly can’t vouch for each individual seller personally on either platform, we personally do use both eBay and Esty a lot to buy cool, old things. Let’s buy some magazines!
This 1968 Playboy has writing from John Updike, Arthur Miller, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, Arthur C. Clarke, and more!
Popular Mechanics - February 1933. And Popular Science - December 1933. Cool!
A set of eight Playboys from 1982. Basically, these were your father's Playboys.
Remember when Adventure Magazine still existed?
Eleven awesome issues of Rolling Stone from the '70s!
Remember the great science (and science fiction) magazine Omni? It's featured in Ghostbusters and quoted in Jurassic Park. Take a trip down memory lane!
This 1968 Playboy has features with both Kurt Vonnegut and Stanely Kubrick. What were they talking about back then?
Starlog covered geek TV and movies like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. But it also covered Superman, Knight Rider, James Bond, and more! Perfect for nerdy dads.
A cross between sci-fi/horror/science and rock and roll, Heavy Metal lived up to its name.
Remember what GQ actually stands for? Yep, in 1959, it was still called Gentleman's Quarterly.
Boasting fiction from some of the greatest writers of the first half of the 20th Century, Esquire, in some ways, was a lot like what the New Yorker became. Check out these amazing issues from the 1930s and 1940s.
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