Thursday, March 26, 2015

Argosy Magazine: Vintage Male Adventuring

Argosy Magazine was a long-running "pulp" magazine from the early 1880s to 1978. Although it started out as a children's magazine called "The Golden Argosy," several years later, it switched from children to pulp fiction stories and was renamed "The Argosy" in 1888. 

During WWI era, it was turned into a man's railroad magazine for a short period of time. In 1920, it turned into "Argosy All-Story Weekly" and included fiction of all types including some amazing authors like Edgar Rice Burroughs and others. It began to up the amount the swashbuckler and adventure types stories that it contained.

In the early 1940s, it moved out of pulp fiction into slick paper and material moved away from all fiction to more men's magazine informational material. Stories included things like adventuring, war, animals, outdoorsman topics and subjects of manly interest like cryptids including yeti, Bigfoot and others.

Said to have been the first magazine to show Bigfoot pics in 1968, Argosy was a magazine in its prime from 1950s to 1970s. It featured all things men and adventure from Easter Island and Bermuda Triangle to safaris, fortune hunting, tracking cryptids, and fiction works.

This issue (above) was about a Malaysian Abominable Snowman.

Here is a delightful excerpt:

It was Christmas Day. A young Chinese girl named Wong Yee Moi was tapping rubber trees on an estate in South Peark, when she felt a hand on her shoulder and turned to be confronted by a most revolting female, covered with hair, with white caucasoid-type skin and long black hair. She wore a loin cloth and stank as if "of an animal." The female grinned and revealed long nasty fangs. Yee Moi fled in panic for the compound, but not before sighting similar types she thought to be males, standing in the shade of the trees by the river. They had mustaches hanging down to their waists.

It also had a nice article about Easter Island -

Even outdated, these old retro issues are a pleasure to read. The world was open to adventure and seeking the unknown. If ever a magazine needs to be revived - - it's this one!

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