Until the advent of the Internet, movie magazines were big business. The Internet Movie Database didn't exist, so fans of movies, actors and actresses corresponded through the pages of movie magazines. In Australia, we had among other titles in the 1940s and 1950s, 'Screen News', sold at the ticket windows of your local flea pit, as suburban cinemas were once called! In the 1960s, 'Movie News' was the popular source of information on the latest movies. This eventually became "Movie' and was a top seller on newsstands throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
BUYING MOVIE MAGAZINES
It was common for fans to clip articles from movie magazines, so be sure sellers declare in their listing that all pages are present and complete. Another fault occasionally found in early (pre-1960) movie magazines is coloured-in black and white photos.
SELLING MOVIE MAGAZINES
Be sure you check all pages for faults as mentioned in 'Buying" above. List issue number, volume number if shown, and or date, and number of pages. Include details of movie and movie star articles or better still, 'google' the title to see if there's an index online and if so, include a link to the index in your listing.
COLLECTABLE MOVIE MAGAZINES - A Personal View
'Collectability' is an ever-changing thing. What's collectable now, may not be collectable tomorrow. If you're collecting movie magazines, there's never been a better time to buy. The best titles to collect are Australian publications from the 1940s and 1950s, like 'Screen News'. The English 'Picturegoer' is also popular. Due to increasing costs of posting overseas, local sellers prefer to sell locally, and you can pick up the titles mentioned for relatively low prices. Two good titles to collect if you prefer background information rather than fan news, are the English 'Films and Filming' and 'Sight and Sound' prior to the mid-1960s. The much more recent Australian 'Cinema Papers' is also a fine publication.
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