THE LOMAZOW COLLECTION BEGAN IN 1972…

However, Dr. Steven Lomazow’s collecting intensified in 1987 after his acquisition of a major collection from the State Street Bookshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since this time, great effort has been devoted to acquiring the first issues and/or first volumes of every major American magazine. It has evolved to encompass literary highlights and the best examples from virtually every genre of American popular culture. When the first issue has not been acquired, many titles are represented by illustrative type copies.

The collection is the history of America as reflected in its periodicals. No stone has been left unturned to acquire the finest material. I have attended countless book and ephemera fairs throughout the country and scoured dealers catalogs, websites and online auction sites. While obviously, no collection can include everything, this is clearly the finest accumulation in private hands of important American periodicals. It can never be reproduced.  A 1996 catalog and a 2005 addendum are available.

This site, the AmericanMagazineCollection.com, is a searchable database of the Lomazow Collection in its entirety. It includes 80000+ periodicals as well as nearly 5000 images. It also includes the finest collection of rare and first issue pulp magazines in existence. The AmericanMagazineCollection.com is designed to be the most comprehensive online tool for periodical research, including links to original ebooks, blogs, and websites of interest. Guest authors are invited.

Books by Steven Lomazow

A unique compilation of four highly-illustrated books and one lecture about selected topics in American magazine history using images from the Steven Lomazow Collection of American Periodicals. Many of the images are unique and have not been previously reproduced. Topics include: Magazines of the Eighteenth Century, Literary Magazines, Movie Magazines, Radio and Television Magazines and iconic magazine images from each of the American wars from 1745 through Vietnam. Doctor Lomazow has been an avid collector of American periodicals for over four decades. His collection is widely recognized as the most comprehensive and finest of its kind in private hands. Doctor Lomazow is magazine consultant to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and many of the items from the collection have been featured in museum exhibitions across the nation. Aside from his practice of Neurology, he is Adjunct Professor of History at Kean University, President of the New Jersey Society of Medical History, Vice-President of the New Jersey World War II Book Club, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Franklin Roosevelt Library, Member of the National Council of the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge and an active member of the American Antiquarian Society. He maintains two blogs at www.magazinehistory.blogspot.com and www.fdrsdeadlysecret.com. His website is www.thegreatamericanmagazine.com.
Steven Lomazow, M.D. is a board-certified neurologist in practice for more than twenty-five years. He is an assistant professor of neurology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a member of the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners and former president of the Neurological Association of New Jersey. A frequent lecturer on U.S. periodical history, he is a consultant to the Freedom Forum Newseum. Doctor Lomazow has been an avid collector of American periodicals for over four decades. His collection is widely recognized as the most comprehensive and finest of its kind in private hands. Doctor Lomazow is magazine consultant to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and many of the items from the collection have been featured in museum exhibitions across the nation. Aside from his practice of Neurology, he is Adjunct Professor of History at Kean University, President of the New Jersey Society of Medical History, Vice-President of the New Jersey World War II Book Club, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Franklin Roosevelt Library, Member of the National Council of the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge and an active member of the American Antiquarian Society. He maintains two blogs at www.magazinehistory.blogspot.com and www.fdrsdeadlysecret.com. His website is www.thegreatamericanmagazine.com.
The death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945 sent shock waves around the world. His lifelong physician swore that the president had always been a picture of health. Later, in 1970, Roosevelt’s cardiologist admitted he had been suffering from uncontrolled hypertension and that his death—from a cerebral hemorrhage—was “a cataclysmic event waiting to happen.” But even this was a carefully constructed deceit, one that began in the 1930s and became acutely necessary as America approached war. In this great medical detective story and narrative of a presidential cover-up, an exhaustive study of all available reports of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s health, and a comprehensive review of thousands of photographs, an intrepid physician-journalist team reveals that Roosevelt at his death suffered from melanoma, a skin cancer that had spread to his brain and abdomen. Roosevelt’s condition was not only physically disabling but also could have affected substantially his mental function and his ability to make decisions in the days when the nation was imperiled by World War II.

Magazine of the Month: Spirit of the Times

This issue contains an unrecorded, perhaps the first ever, detailed description of the rules of the game, baseball. This very scarce sporting journal, later Porter’s Sprit of the Times, is the best source material for early baseball. Early issues cover Cricket fairly frequently. Reports of baseball as we know it begin to trickle in in 1854. By 1857, the quantity of baseball reports outweighed those of cricket.

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A New Jersey Neurologist Keeps Three Centuries of American Magazines Alive

“One day I am visited by a collector of ordination sermons; the next, by a collector of 4th of July orations; then comes a collector of geography; another wants religious newspapers; another wants every book printed in New York before 1700. I accommodate myself to all; for I want everything and collect everything, and I have more zeal than the whole of them.” READ MORE…

When Life throws you an issue, then doesn’t, how did Roger Staubach deal with it?

One of the several mini-documentaries that NFL Films has produced this week for the NFL Network and NFL.com surrounding the storylines of the John F. Kennedy assassination 50 years ago surrounds a media angle that isn’t all that well known. READ MORE…

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