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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Our World 1940's African American Magazine

I was sorting through a box of mixed ephemera and came across these rather fragile, but very interesting, magazines from the 1940's. The only information about them that I found with a quick on-line search is this short paragraph on Wikipedia:
John Preston Davis was founding publisher of Our World Magazine, a full-size, nationally-distributed magazine edited for African American readers. Its first issue, with singer-actress Lena Horne on the cover, arrived on the nation’s newsstands in April 1946. Our World was a premier publication for African American men and women covering contemporary topics from black history to sports & entertainment with regular articles on health, fashion, politics & social awareness, was headquartered out of New York City.

Our World portrayed black America as no other national publication had ever done. Its covers featured entertainers’ Lena Horne, Marian Anderson, Harry Belafonte, Eartha Kitt, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole.


Elena said...

wow, you sure have some really interesting stuff...must seem like a treasure hunt to dig into those boxes!

Anonymous said...

I would love to buy any old copies of Our World magazine, even if only photocopies. Please e-mail me at Thanks

The Hi de Ho Blog said...

I run a website dedicated to Cab CALLOWAY ( and I would like to know if you own a copy of an OUR WORLD magazine where Cab is one of the topics.
Thank you for your help.