Interwar Culture

From entertainment and technology to relationships and current affairs, explore everyday life and society on both sides of the Atlantic through popular and lesser-known periodicals

Interwar Culture showcases a vast collection of popular and lesser-known periodicals published during these dynamic yet turbulent decades with articles covering arts and culture, fashion, home and family life, travel, world current affairs, class, social and welfare issues as well as a wealth of writing from some of the most prominent literary figures of the era.

The historically significant and highly visual periodicals that make up Interwar Culture, predominantly from the United Kingdom and United States, provide a rich insight into these topics as well as allowing examination of the burgeoning media industries that both shaped and reflected society.

The collection represents the most diverse digital resource available for the study of periodicals that defined the interwar years and what they reveal about life, society, and popular culture.

Modules include:

Module I: 1920s

The periodicals showcased in Module I reflect the social, artistic and culture dynamism that characterised the Roaring Twenties in fashion, music, literature, dance, and entertainment as well as post-war intellectual thought and modernism.

Module II: 1930s (Coming soon)

The second module tracks cultural shifts through periodicals of the 1930s, a turbulent decade of contradictions set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, mass unemployment and the rise of fascism. The 1930s also witnessed a renewed and fierce appetite for entertainment and culture seen in the booming film industry, seminal works of art and literature, and ground-breaking innovations in technology, architecture, and aviation.

Key Data


  • Twenty years of Time and Tide, the only British weekly review of the interwar period produced and edited entirely by women
  • Beautifully preserved fashion illustrations from titles such as FeminaNewest Styles for MenWeldon’s Ladies’ Journal and Art, GoûtBeauté
  • High-profile literary works from The Strand Magazine, the publication that launched Sherlock Holmes
  • A rich history of interwar arts and entertainment: treading the boards with Theatre Magazine and the glamour of early cinema from Cinema Quarterly
  • A wide range of popular story papers for every audience, from Chums and Peg’s Paper to The Schoolgirls’ Weekly and Mystery – the Illustrated Detective Magazine
  • Rare insight into the physical culture of the interwar years from The Superman, including body-building tips and reader competitions
  • A selection of home interest magazines, including Homes & Gardensthe UK’s first ever home interest magazine launched in 1919
  • A view across the wide and varied spectrum of interwar politics and current affairs, including The Labour WomanLe Crapouillot and The United American

Key Themes

  • Art and Literature
  • Children’s Interest
  • Domestic and Family Life
  • Employment and Industry
  • Fashion and Design
  • Home and Gardens
  • Men’s Lifestyle
  • Social, Cultural and Political Affairs

Source Archives

  • The British Library
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Future PLC
  • The Newberry Library
  • New York Public Library

Editorial Board

  • Patrick CollierBall State University
  • Maria DiCenzo, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Barbara GreenUniversity of Notre Dame
  • Faye HammillUniversity of Glasgow
  • Richard HornseyUniversity of Nottingham
  • Catherine KeyserUniversity of South Carolina
  • Deborah Sugg RyanUniversity of Portsmouth

Supporting Material