After 130 Years, Ladies Home Journal Ends It’s Monthly Publication
I remember my mom faithfully reading the Ladies Home Journal magazine when I was a child and as I grew older I would pick one up from time to time while waiting in the dentist and doctor's office. It's sad to think that something that has been around for SO long won't be available anymore, but at least it won't be gone all together. They do plan to publish it on a quarterly basis.
Woman Power! At least that's how I see it. It may have been a man's idea to start the magazine, but it was his wife that took over the efforts and developed it into a magazine for women.
Look for July to be the last issue that subscribers will receive. Although fans will still find the magazine in stores and on newsstands on a quarterly basis. Of course, with technology you can also find it online, which many would think is the reason why the change is occurring. But, I did read in the NY Times that they still had a huge readership boasting 3.2 million subscribers! I know that personally, I don't have magazines delivered to my house anymore, I just pick them up while waiting in line at the grocery store when an article or headline catches my eye. I guess I didn't even realize that delivered magazines were something I wasn't involved with anymore, until now.
Noam Cohen of the NY Times reports:
With Thursday’s news, only five regularly publishing “sisters” remain — Better Homes & Gardens and Family Circle, published by Meredith, and Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Woman’s Day, published by Hearst. (The first to close was McCall’s, which was rebranded for Rosie O’Donnell, and stopped publishing in 2002.)
Those titles all bring me back to when my mom was around. Magazines delivered to our home were always a highlight for her, but again, life was different back then. So was the magazine's topics for that matter. Lifestyles have certainly changed and I would imagine to keep up, so has the topics of the Ladies Home Journal, as well as the people they feature in the magazine.
One thing is for certain. I'm sure the monthly publication will be missed by many. The Ladies Home Journal has provided information, recipes and topics on a variety of subjects to help with family, home and lifestyle for years. It's always sad when things come to an end, and no one likes change, but isn't change inevitable?