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National Brain Power

Short-run failure in the otherwise wildly successful Bernarr Macfadden chain in the '20s. It was intended as a companion to the flagship Physical Culture.

Issues & Index Sources

  Sep-1921 – Aug-1922, as National Pictorial Brain Power Monthly: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
  Sep-1922 – May-1924, as National Brain Power: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)

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  The Contructive Publishing Corp.


  Sep-1921 – 1922: Harold E. Bessom
  in 1922: Arthur Howland
  in 1923: F. Orlin Tremaine



National Detective (Cases)

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1941 – ?
Publishers:   Real Detective Tales Inc., 4600 Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL, then 1050 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL, from early 1940s
Frequency:   quarterly
Sources:   Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines

The National Era

Total Issues: 690

This magazine was the successor to Baltimore Saturday Visiter. Abolitionist magazine; serialized "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (Jun-1851 - Apr-1852); other authors include Nathaniel Hawthorne, Gail Hamilton (Mary Dodge), John Greenleaf Whittier. Absorbed by Principia in 1860.

Note: there was a New National Era and Citizen from 22-May-1873 - 26-Feb-1874 (40 issues) published by Frederick Douglass. Not sure if this also published fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  7-Jan-1847 – 22-Mar-1860
Editors:   Gamaliel Bailey
Frequency:   weekly

The National Farmer and Home Magazine

"A Journal of Instructive Literature and Choice Stories".

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1900s: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Lane's List, Augusta, Maine
Frequency:   monthly

National Home Monthly

Several issues seen for sale on eBay. Looks somewhat like The Ladies' Home Journal and contained a considerable amount of fiction.

Issues & Index Sources

  1899 – Sep-1932, as Western Home Monthly: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
  Oct-1932 – Dec-1950?, as National Home Monthly: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)


  Stovel, Winnepeg

National Jewish Monthly

Covers the world of Jewish affairs, politics, personalities, religion and Israel. Geared towards the American Jewish public. Includes advertisements, book reviews, illustrations, and index. Renamed to "B'nai B'rith International Jewish Monthly" and now called the "B'nai B'rith Magazine".

Issues & Index Sources:  1886 – present
Publishers:   1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20036
Editors:   Marc Silver (in 2001)

National Lampoon

A humour magazine which ran occasional stories some very controversial, especially those by Chris Miller.

Issues & Index Sources

  Apr-1970 – 1998?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)


  National Lampoon, Inc


  1970 – 1972: Douglas C. Kenney
  1973 – 1975: Henry N. Beard
  ?: P.J. O'Rourke




  monthly till 1993, then annual

The National Magazine [1852]

Subtitled "Devoted to Literature, Art and Religion".

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1852 – Dec-1858
Publishers:   Carlton & Phillips
Editors:   Abel Stevens (Jul-1852 - Jun-1856); James Floy (Jul-1856 - Dec-1858)

The National Magazine [1896]

Issues & Index Sources

  Oct-1894 – Jul-1896, as The Bostonian: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  Aug-1896 – May/Jun-1933, as The National Magazine: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)


  Oct-1894 – Jul-1896: Bostonian Publishing Co.
  Aug-1896 – May/Jun-1933: The W. W. Potter Co., Boston, MA







The National Magazine [1909] (UK)

Subtitled "A Magazine for Everybody", changed name with second issue to The National Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1909, as The National Monthly: FictionMags Index
  Dec-1909 – ?, as The National Magazine


  Edward Lloyd Ltd., 12 Salisbury Square, London EC





The National Magazine [1941]

Total Issues: 2?

Edited for those engaged in National Defense, featuring fiction, articles, humor, cartoons and comics from World War II.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1941 – Aug-1941?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Street & Smith

The National Magazine [1830]

see also under The Dublin Literary Gazette

The National Monthly (UK)

see under The National Magazine

National Monthly (US)

A magazine "devoted to the interests of the Democratic Party of the Nation" which printed quite a bit of fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  May-1909? – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Editors:   Norman E. Mack

National Novels Monthly

Total Issues: 2 (at least)

Undated rebound unsold copies of The Reader's Library.

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1932: General Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
Publishers:   National Company Novels (Clayton Magazines)
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps
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The National Observer

Although probably more famed for its poetry (including Kipling's "Barrack-Room Ballads" and some of W. B. Yeats's best-known early lyrics) than for its fiction, this general literary review also published short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Grahame, Yeats and others. Its ebullient, one-legged editor, W. E. Henley, was reputed to be the model for Long John Silver; he also discovered H. G. Wells.

Issues & Index Sources

  24-Nov-1888 – 15-Nov-1890, as The Scots Observer
  22-Nov-1890 – 16-Oct-1897, as The National Observer


  John Douglas, Edinburgh and London


  1888 – 1894: William Ernest Henley


  tabloid; unillustrated; initially 6d




  British Literary Magazines Vol. 3

National Post

Total Issues: 5

A scarce, well-produced semi-weekly miscellany, illustrated with photographs. It featured articles of current events combined with literature. The first issue contains a story by Zane Grey.

Issues & Index Sources

  6-May-1911 – 1-Jul-1911

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The National Repository

see under The Ladies' Repository

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