Once there were publications that carried topics of interest to just about everyone

Before Google people relied on magazines that addressed topic of interest

 Today you Google and get just about everything
written about anything

There were con­sumer mag­a­zines for men, women, teens, and young chil­dren, such as those above. There were mag­a­zines devot­ed to spe­cif­ic inter­ests such as sports, fash­ion, health and homes. Mag­a­zines such as Life, The New York­er, The Ladies Home Jour­nal. They were sold at news­stands or you could sub­scribe to them.

Spe­cial­ized mag­a­zines — the Trade Press — were pub­lished for busi­ness own­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers and pro­fes­sion­als. They were usu­al­ly made avail­able with­out sub­scrip­tion by a process called “con­trolled circulation.”

Larg­er com­pa­nies pub­lished so-called house organs that ranged from sim­ple newslet­ters to glossy mag­a­zines. They were direct­ed to employ­ees, clients, or groups from with­in that company’s sup­ply chain.

All of these pub­li­ca­tions — and news­pa­pers — were made pos­si­ble by print­ing com­pa­nies with their  com­pos­i­tors, type­set­ters, engravers, stereo and matrix makers.

Many of peri­od­i­cals and news­pa­pers of the 20th cen­tu­ry are gone com­plete­ly while some are attempt­ing to sur­vive on the inter­net. Google “What’s Hap­pen­ing with Print Con­sumer Mag­a­zines?” to link many links on the topic.

Pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny depart­ments, once home to writ­ers, artists, pho­tog­ra­phers and print-ori­ent­ed employ­ees, are now pop­u­lat­ed by web design­ers and social media gurus.