Photoplay Archives


The Internet Archive is a treasure trove of things to be discovered. While writing a blog post I found out that many issues of Photoplay Magazine have been scanned and are available on the site. A brief history of Photoplay according to Wikipedia:
"Photoplay was one of the first American film fan magazines. It was founded in 1911 in Chicago, the same year that J. Stuart Blackton founded Motion Picture Story, a magazine also directed at fans. For most of its run, Photoplay was published by Macfadden Publications. The magazine was renowned for its artwork portraits of film stars on the cover by such artists as Earl Christy and Charles Sheldon. Macfadden Publications purchased the magazine in 1934. With the advancement of color photography, the magazine began using photographs of the stars instead by 1937. Photoplay published the writings of Hedda Hopper, Walter Winchell, Hazel MacDonald, Adela Rogers St. Johns, Sheilah Graham, Dorothy Kilgallen, Rob Wagner, later editor and publisher of Rob Wagner's Script, and Louella Parsons, among others. Photoplay merged with another fan magazine, Movie Mirror, in 1941; and with TV-Radio Mirror in 1977, when the name became Photoplay and TV Mirror. The magazine ceased publication in 1980 and its staff were moved to Us magazine."
I decided to make a page for them here on my blog so I can arrange the links in chronological order (and later I hope to add screenshots of the covers and contents so you can easily find articles and photos of your favorite stars). You can choose to flip through it, scroll down, zoom in or out, search within each magazine, print and even screenshot articles to save or use for your own blog posts. You can also create a free account and save items to your profile instead of searching for things again. Let me know what exciting discoveries you've made browsing the pages of Photoplay!

Jan-Jun 1930
Jul-Dec 1930
Jan-Jun 1931
Jul-Dec 1931
Jan-Jun 1932
Jul-Dec 1932
Jan-Jun 1933
Jul-Dec 1933
Jan-Jun 1934
Jul-Dec 1934
Jan-Jun 1935
Jul-Dec 1935
Jan-Jun 1936
Jul-Dec 1936
Jan-Sep 1937
Oct-Dec 1937
Jan-Jun 1938
Jul-Dec 1938
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Jul-Dec 1939
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Jul-Dec 1940
Jan-Jun 1941
Jul-Dec 1941
Jan-Jun 1942
Jul-Dec 1942
Jan-Jun 1943
Jul-Dec 1943
Jan-Jun 1944
Jul-Dec 1944
Jan-Jun 1945
Jul-Dec 1945
Jan-Jun 1946
Jul-Dec 1946
Jan-Jun 1947
Jul-Dec 1947
Jan-Jun 1948
Jul-Dec 1948
Jan-Jun 1949
Jul-Dec 1949
Jan-Jun 1950
Jul-Dec 1950
Jan-Jun 1951
Jul-Dec 1951
Jan-Jun 1952
Jul-Dec 1952
Jan-Jun 1953
Jul-Dec 1953
Jan-Jun 1954
Jul-Dec 1954
Jan-Jun 1955
Jul-Dec 1955
Jan-Jun 1956
Jul-Dec 1956
Jan-Jun 1957
Jul-Dec 1957
Jan-Jun 1958
Jul-Dec 1958
Jan-Jun 1959
Jul-Dec 1959
Jan-Jun 1960
Jul-Dec 1960
Jan-Jun 1961
Jul-Dec 1961
Jan-Jun 1962
Jul-Dec 1962
Jan-Jun 1963
Jul-Dec 1963

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