Prior to the great stock market crash at the end of the decade and the ensuing economic chaos, the prevalent mood of the 1920s in many places was upbeat and carefree. Magazine covers from the era typify this, including these fabulous illustrations from Canada’s Goblin, a monthly humor magazine. Launched in 1921, it was in print for about ten years during which time its highly stylized, and at times witty, covers helped it to become Canada’s then most widely circulated magazine.
(Image Source: University of Toronto Archives)
Fabulous, Brett! Are these “Goblin” magazines part of your own or parents’ collection?
Hi, Robin, these are from the archives maintained by the University of Toronto.
Wow, they are wonderful to see the variety. The wry sense of humor is a fun part of the “Goblin” covers collection.
I love that one on the bottom 🙂
The joke on the cover is funny.
You’re talking my visual language! I love the 1920s.
Liz, a very cool style came out of the 1920s.
I hadn’t heard of that magazine, but I’m sure the older generation will be more familiar with it (not that I’m that young anymore either)! There is a certain style to covers that reminds me of the kind of artwork used in comic books. The style really helps to “date” the work. Great post, Brett. I’ve learned something new about something old.
It must have been quite the read in its heyday.
I bet it was fun!
I have always really appreciated illustrators. We live near the Norman Rockwell museum which has many magazine covers. Too many never thought of these illustrators as “real” artists. Your covers show that they certainly were.
Definitely! Illustration is a distinct art form and worth appreciating.
Wonderful art !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, and some of their covers would almost qualify as vintage pinup art.
Absolutely, and lovely !
,love the primary colours
They stand out well!
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Wonderful art- work on these covers – so typical of the 1920s – one of my favourite decades!
My late grandmother was a flapper at that time and probably would have read this publication although she never mentioned it.
I have much of her old sheet music and the covers are very similar in design.
Many thanks for bringing this magazine to light, Brett!
Hi, Richard, the 1920s was quite the period! That was probably a wonderful time to be a young person as your grandmother was then.
Excellent cover images, but I’m also interested in the content of a magazine called “Goblin”!!!
Me too! It must have had decent content to be so widely read in its time.
This is really cool! I love the style 🙂
I adore the Toulouse Lautrec style art! Gives my California(love of French art) heart jitters😍😍
Hii I’ve been scanning a few of these and I love your writing its very interesting. If you get a minute i would love you to look at mine I would love your feedback 🙂
Thanks. I’ll look forward to checking that out. 🙂
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