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A Nostalgic Journey Through the Pages of McCall’s Magazine

Established in 1873 as a small-format magazine called The Queen, McCall’s Magazine was a beacon of style and substance for generations of women. It underwent a transformation in 1897, rebranding as McCall’s Magazine—The Queen of Fashion, before eventually simplifying to McCall’s. This wasn’t just a name change; it signified the magazine’s growth into a large-format glossy publication that combined fashion, lifestyle, and service journalism. From homemaking tips and cooking recipes to fashion trends and thought-provoking articles, McCall’s was a treasure trove of information and inspiration.

Part of the esteemed “Seven Sisters” group of women’s service magazines, McCall’s was much more than just a monthly publication. It was a guide, a friend, and a confidant to millions of women. At its peak in the early 1960s, the magazine boasted a whopping readership of 8.4 million.

And let’s not forget the fashion! McCall’s Magazine was truly the ‘Queen of Fashion.’ It brought the latest trends right to the doorsteps of American women, offering them a window into the glamorous world of haute couture. It was in the pages of McCall’s that many women found their personal style, their fashion inspiration.

The legacy of McCall’s Magazine is undeniable. It was a stalwart of the magazine industry, setting the bar high for women’s publications. Despite ceasing publication, its influence can still be seen today in the approach and ethos of modern women’s magazines.

Below are some cover photos of McCall’s magazine in the 1900s and 1910s.

#1 McCall’s magazine cover, December 1905

McCall's magazine cover, December 1905

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#2 McCall’s magazine cover, August 1907

McCall's magazine cover, August 1907

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#3 McCall’s magazine cover, January 1908

McCall's magazine cover, January 1908

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#4 McCall’s magazine cover, October 1908

McCall's magazine cover, October 1908

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#5 McCall’s magazine cover, August 1909

McCall's magazine cover, August 1909

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#6 McCall’s magazine cover, December 1909

McCall's magazine cover, December 1909

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#7 McCall’s magazine cover, August 1910

McCall's magazine cover, August 1910

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#8 McCall’s magazine cover, December 1910

McCall's magazine cover, December 1910

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#9 McCall’s magazine cover, September 1910

McCall's magazine cover, September 1910

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#10 McCall’s magazine cover, January 1911

McCall's magazine cover, January 1911

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#11 McCall’s magazine cover, March 1911

McCall's magazine cover, March 1911

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#12 McCall’s magazine cover, July 1912

McCall's magazine cover, July 1912

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#13 McCall’s magazine cover, November 1912

McCall's magazine cover, November 1912

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#14 McCall’s magazine cover, October 1912

McCall's magazine cover, October 1912

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#15 McCall’s magazine cover, February 1913

McCall's magazine cover, February 1913

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#16 McCall’s magazine cover, November 1913

McCall's magazine cover, November 1913

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#17 McCall’s magazine cover, August 1915

McCall's magazine cover, August 1915

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#18 McCall’s magazine cover, December 1915

McCall's magazine cover, December 1915

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#19 McCall’s magazine cover, January 1915

McCall's magazine cover, January 1915

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#20 McCall’s magazine cover, July 1915

McCall's magazine cover, July 1915

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#21 McCall’s magazine cover, March 1915

McCall's magazine cover, March 1915

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#22 McCall’s magazine cover, November 1915

McCall's magazine cover, November 1915

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#23 McCall’s magazine cover, August 1916

McCall's magazine cover, August 1916

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#24 McCall’s magazine cover, June 1916

McCall's magazine cover, June 1916

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#25 McCall’s magazine cover, March 1916

McCall's magazine cover, March 1916

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#26 McCall’s magazine cover, August 1917

McCall's magazine cover, August 1917

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#27 McCall’s magazine cover, December 1917

McCall's magazine cover, December 1917

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#28 McCall’s magazine cover, February 1917

McCall's magazine cover, February 1917

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#29 McCall’s magazine cover, January 1918

McCall's magazine cover, January 1918

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#30 McCall’s magazine cover, June 1918

McCall's magazine cover, June 1918

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