The Newsweek Magazine presses will grind to a halt in less than two months, ending an era of print journalism that spanned three-quarters of a century.  This move also means the end of the highly controversial Newsweek cover that the publication has become known for.  No more will we be able to see the Presidents “gaylo” or the “crazy eyes” of Michelle Bachmann staring at us from the stands of the supermarket check-out isle.  The end of the magazine might come as a relief to some but radical journalism was not always the Newsweek way.  Newsweek holds a storied history, covering some of the most important events of the last 80 years.  Here are some highlights, and a window into the past of this iconic American magazine and its downfall.

 

First edition, 1933

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The Magazine started off smart

 

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Newsweek had great World War II Coverage & Consequence

 

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They loved Christmas…

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…and cheered the troops in Korea

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Who doesn’t love Lucy?

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Or the Founding Fathers?

 

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 The Kennedys were Newsweek fixtures

 

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 The Space Race received over two dozen covers

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Some spooks…

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The State of Israel & their struggles

 

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 The Beatles received recognition

 

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 And The Monkeys did, too

 

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 Nixon got his due

 

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Cultural revolution was always a cover-winner

 

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 It hated tax hikes and rising oil prices at one time

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 Reagan was a Newsweek cover favorite

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 Why not?

 

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Tragedy

 

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 & Triumph

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 Celebrity

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 Christianity was always a controversial cover

 

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But it was the political covers and scandals that created the infamous Newsweek brand we know today

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 It loved comparing Republican front-runners to wimps

 

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 But this was not the first time a Romney was on the cover

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But ultimately, Newsweek seemed most obsessed with Palin

 

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 R.I.P Newsweek covers

 

All photos credited to the Newsweek Archivist 

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