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Exhibit: Fortune Magazine

July 2016

The New York State Library's public floor exhibit for July focuses on Fortune magazine, featuring covers and content from the 1930s (with a smattering of current issues at the end). To borrow from Wikipedia, as Wikipedia has certainly borrowed from libraries, "Fortune was founded by Time magazine co-founder Henry Luce in 1929 as 'the Ideal Super-Class Magazine,' a 'distinguished and de luxe' publication 'vividly portraying, interpreting and recording the Industrial Civilization.'"

left display case, showing bound copies of Fortune from the 1930s, opened to various illustrations.



In its earliest decades Fortune is noted for its large size, striking covers, and wide-ranging content. An emphasis on the accumulation of wealth continues to this day, as personified by its iconic Fortune 500 List.


middle display case, showing bound copies of Fortune, opened to various covers andillustrations, mainly with a travel theme



The New York State Library is Fortunate enough to hold a large run of this periodical, in bound volumes from the premiere issue in 1930 through 1975, on microfilm from then until 2007, and then back to print.


right display case, showing bound copies of Fortune, opened to various covers and illustrations



NYSL catalog record for Fortune.

Exhibit curated by Shawn Purcell

Last Updated: August 15, 2017