Widely held, but at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Available in microform, vol. 10-present.
Playgirl: The Magazine for Women, 1973-present.
Vol. 1, no. 1-present, August 1973-present, monthly.
Douglas Lambert, 1973-1977, Los Angeles, California; Ira Ritter, 1977-1986, Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California; Playgirl, Inc., 1987-1988, New York, New York; Louis Montesano, 1988-present, New York, New York.
Marian Scott Milan, 1973-1977; Joyce Dudley Fleming, 1977; Barbara Cady, 1977-1978; Judy Lewellen, 1978-1979; Melody Sharp, 1979; Judy Lewellen, 1979-1981; Pat McGilligan, 1981-1983; Diane Grosskopf, 1983-1985; Tomasine E. Lewis, 1985-1987; Nancie S. Martin, 1987-present.
1,042,000 ( 1977); 600,000 ( 1988).
Robert W. Frizzell
Popular Mechanics is moving toward ninety years of publication and in that time has become the standard how-to magazine for science and mechanics. Its practical approach is aimed at all age groups with generously illustrated articles on projects ranging from automobile repair to electronics. With Popular Science* and Home Mechanics, Popular Mechanics is a highly successful and widely circulated magazine of considerable popular appeal.
Popular Mechanics began its life in 1902 as a weekly, subtitled An Illustrated Weekly Review of the Mechanical Press of the World. The entire first issue (and succeeding issues) was devoted to the how-to process on topics such as telephones, cleaning sponges, and the manufacture of car wheels. The sciences were represented as well as mechanics; an article on chewing advised the reader: "chew your food thoroughly. Mix it well with saliva. Don't rush through the meal--it comes but three times a day and you are entitled to be leisurely about it." 1 The article went on to assert that chewing gum, on the other hand, did not aid the digestive process. Science was also the subject of a brief article on quicksand. The entire contents ran for only sixteen pages in these initial issues, mixed with a few advertisements and job placement ads.