We have a secret. When we have a few minutes between editing stories, attending meetings, and laying out magazine pages, we do something almost no one else in the world gets to do. We go to our archive, find an issue from 1967 or 1908 or 1891, very gingerly take it off the shelf, and get lost in the pages. There’s no better way to get a sense of what America was like in any given year than reading through the nearly 200 years of history represented in The Saturday Evening Post.
And for a long time, we didn’t have a good way to share that experience. Now we do.
For the first time ever, subscribed members can explore the complete archive of The Saturday Evening Post online. The archive includes almost every issue of the magazine dating back to 1821. Want to see what Joan Didion wrote about Helen Gurley Brown? How about President Grover Cleveland’s views on the wasteful government waste? Interested in contemporaneous accounts of the Mexican-American War? The Civil War? The World Wars? Or maybe you just want to see some of the earliest ads for dictionaries, automobiles, or microwaves? It’s all in here waiting for you to find it.
Members will also be able to see our complete cover archive going all the way back to 1900. Our covers are famous for featuring the art of Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker, and Richard Sargent, but there are hundreds of other artists whose works you can browse — our archive contains more than 3,800 covers!
And everyone can continue to enjoy all the amazing stories on our website. We bring our unique perspective to events, looking at our world through the long lens of history. We strive to bring you articles that are inspirational and thoughtful. Our goal is to tell the story of America’s past, present, and future.
The Saturday Evening Post also has a rich tradition of fiction. We’ve published stories from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, and so many literary luminaries, but we don’t rest on that. We continue to look for fresh voices and give new writers the opportunity to connect with our audience through events like our annual Great American Fiction Contest.
Another constant presence in The Saturday Evening Post is humor, a piece of our story that we want to preserve and continue to share. Laugh your way through our cartoon collections, limerick contest winners, and humor writing in our section devoted to the lighter side.
Even with all of this history at our fingertips, we’re always working on producing new issues of The Saturday Evening Post. Select pieces from new issues will be available on the website.
If you’re interested in seeing everything, from all the cover art to the entire archive in our new, mobile-friendly design, you’re in luck. If you have a subscription to The Saturday Evening Post, then you’re already a member, and it’s incredibly easy to sign up for the full site experience. Just verify your existing subscription for access.
If you’re not already a member and wish to become one, that’s easy, too. Just subscribe to the magazine to become a member for $15 a year. That membership will get you the magazine in your preferred format six times a year, access to all the features on our new website, and exclusive discounts and offers from our partners, such as Liberty Mutual, 1-800-Flowers, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.
With all the great new site features, we don’t want you to forget about our free weekly newsletter, which collects our new articles, fiction, and humor all in one place. You can sign up for it here. And don’t forget to visit the Shop for back issues of the magazine and special collector’s editions, like The Golden Age of Hollywood and Heroes of Vietnam.
Benjamin Franklin said, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished,” and we tend to agree. We’re very excited for you to explore the new site. Thank you for joining The Saturday Evening Post on our journey through America’s story. We hope you enjoy the trip.
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