PPA kicks off centenary celebrations by naming ten magazine covers of the century


The trade body for the magazine publishing industry the PPA kicked off its centenary celebrations last night with a reception at Millbank Towner in London which unveiled ten contenders for the title magazine cover of the century.

After a public vote the winning cover will be announced at the PPA’s centenary dinner in November.

PPA members were asked to submit entries for cover of the year and the winning ten were chosen by a judging panel.

PPA chairman Kevin Hand revealed that at the first meeting of the Periodical Publishers Association on 21 November, 1913, the agenda was fairly simple – comprising: “Printing, paper, distribution and how much to charge members for subscription fees”.

In 2011 the PPA changed its name to the Professional Publishers Association to better reflect that publishers are increasingly working across other platforms as well as magazines.

Here are the PPA's nominations for the ten magazines covers of the century. (You can cast your vote on the PPA website here)

Woman’s Weekly – July 1916, Wartime Women

Harper’s Bazaar – November 1941, Fashion Blitz

Cosmopolitan – March 1972, Launch Issue

Time Out – November 1974, Churchill V-Sign

New Scientist – April 1987, Chernobyl

The Beano – February 1999, Dennis The Menace

Vogue – December 2001, A Royal Salute

Radio Times – April 2005, Vote Dalek!

Empire – June 2005, Breathing Vader

MacUser – February 2012, How Evil is Apple?



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