I thought it would
be interesting to make available some issues of old Canadian
Magazines as they often contain some great information. As I come
across magazines I'll endevour to get hold of some pdf versions and
will add them here. Should you be aware of a publication do
feel free to send me their names and I'll see if I can find copies.
The Busy Man's Magazine
Founded in 1905 by Toronto journalist and entrepreneur Lt.-Col.
John Bayne Maclean, a 43-year-old trade magazine publisher who
purchased an advertising agency's in-house business journal, along
with its 5,000-strong subscription base. The Business Magazine, was
launched in October of that year as a pocket-sized digest of
articles gathered from Canadian, British, and American periodicals.
It sold 6,000 copies. Inside its bright blue cover, the fledgling
monthly anointed itself, "the Cream of the World's magazines
reproduced for Busy People." Its aim, Maclean wrote a year later,
was not "merely to entertain but also to inspire its readers." It
was renamed The Busy Man's Magazine in December 1905, and began
soliciting original manuscripts on varied topics such as
immigration, national defence, home life, women's suffrage, as well
as fiction. Maclean renamed the magazine after himself in 1911,
dropping the previous title as too evocative of a business magazine
for what had become a general interest publication.
John Bayne Maclean was born September 26, 1862, Crieff,
Canada West, Died September 25, 1950 (aged 87) Toronto, Ontario.
Lieutenant Colonel John Bayne Maclean was a Canadian publisher. He
founded Maclean's Magazine, the Financial Post and the Maclean
Publishing Company, later known as Maclean-Hunter. He was born in
Crieff, Ontario (near Guelph). Maclean's father, Andrew Maclean, was
a Presbyterian minister in Puslinch Township who had immigrated to
Canada from Scotland. Maclean worked as a teacher and financial
editor of the Toronto Mail before entering publishing with his
brother Hugh Cameron Maclean by founding Canadian Grocer &
Storekeeper's Newspaper in 1887. In 1905 he founded The Business
Magazine which became "The Busy Man's Magazine" before changing its
name to Maclean's Magazine in 1911. He founded the Financial Post in
1907, the Farmer's Magazine in 1910, Mayfair in 1927 and Chatelaine
in 1928 building Canada's largest magazine empire. His military rank
was earned through service with the Canadian militia, in which he
was Commanding Officer of Montreal's Royal Canadian Hussars from
1898 to 1903.
The Canadian Magazine of Politics,
Science, Art and Literature
From the Ontario Publishing Co. Ltd.
May 1899 to October 1899
May 1906 to October 1906