Saturday, February 27, 2010

Favorite Things: The Philistine Magazine

My wife and I have a small collection of Elbert Hubbard's magazine The Philistine: A Periodical of Protest, which was produced by the Roycroft Press between 1895 and 1915 (when Hubbard took an ill-fated voyage aboard the Lusitania). Our collection is quite modest right now, and our initial guidelines for purchase have been the quality of the back cover designs, which frequently feature satirical or quirky or inspirational messages set beautifully with Arts and Crafts motifs. The example here is one of my favorites, from the September 1910 (Volume 31, No.4) edition.

And yes, Elbert Hubbard was related (by adoption) to L. Ron Hubbard, the science fiction writer and part-time wackadoo.