Monday, June 9, 2008
Leilani: Mechanix Illustrated
Mechanix Illustrated was an American magazine founded in the first half of the 20th Century to compete against Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. Billed as "The How-To-Do Magazine," Mechanix Illustrated aimed to guide readers through various projects from home improvements and advice on repairs to "build-your-own (sports car, telescope, helicopter, etc)." The magazine has gone through many changes, being called at different times throughout its life, Home Mechanix, Modern Mechanics and Inventions, Modern Mechanix and Inventions, Modern Mechanix and finally Mechanix Illustrated.
The Mechanix Illustrated covers have through this time been one of the most drawing assets of the magazine. Showy, colourful and each time featuring some new glitzy machine, whether it be real or sprung from the minds of the creators. They have featured everything from the futuristic flying car, the flying saucer that flies you to work, to the helicopter and pocket TV. Besides the pictures there is not much else on the covers besides a brightly coloured background and strong blocked lettering that states the magazines name. These magazines were a preview into the future, or what they thought the future would be like, for the people of the 1930s and 40s. Though some of the predictions are way off, others bear a striking resemblance to the household items we might use today.