This was a bit of a shocker. Dr. Steven Lomazow, author of the comprehensive American Periodicals: A Collector’s Manual and Reference Guide and highly entertaining Magazine History: A Collector’s Blog, has made his magazine collection available for sale.
Dr. Lomazow isn’t blowing smoke when he writes that his 35 year collection is “considered to be the finest in private hands.” Just have a look around his site, all of the often valuable and typically rare periodicals showcased on Magazine History are included in his collection. “The collection contains virtually every major magazine highlight ever published from the eighteenth century to the present and covers virtually every topic- literature, politics, technology (TV, Radio, Movies, Aviation etc). It also includes by far the largest collection of first issue pulp magazines (over 850) in existence.”
Dr. Lomazow notes “Serious inquiries only, we are talking a price (on request) well into seven figures.” I don’t know how widely the doctor would appreciate his email address being published around the web, so I will direct you to his post announcing the sale and point you near the bottom of his text to locate his email address.
Besides his wonderful blog and his hardbound Collector’s Manual, which is perhaps the most valuable of all resources to magazine collectors, Dr. Lomazow includes several free online magazine collecting guides in his sidebar. One example is his Complete Movie Magazines Guide, 1909-1940, while other free guides include Radio and Television and Early Literature in magazines.
Dr. Lomazow, a neurologist, along with journalist Eric Fettman published FDR’s Deadly Secret, a work which uncovers previously unknown details of Roosevelt’s poor health, in 2010.
When Dr. Lomazow’s Magazine History blog first appeared in January 2008 I was taken aback by the content. The reason my own site came into existence was that there was previously very little information available online for magazine collectors.
As he exposed his wide collection I became so absorbed with Dr. Lomazow’s site that I’m afraid I neglected this one. I can only hope that once his collection sells Dr. Lomazow will continue to occasionally update his Magazine History site with his collecting experiences.