a plane on the runway
Photograph ©2024 by Brian Cohen.

Question: Are These Old Magazines and Advertisements Worth Anything?

Some of the magazines — and airlines — no longer exist.

My office has been long overdue for a deep cleaning. During this arduous task, I found some old in-flight magazines — as well as magazines which advertise airlines and other travel entities — so I have a question: are these old magazines and advertisements worth anything?

Question: Are These Old Magazines and Advertisements Worth Anything?

Several examples of the old magazines and advertisements which I found include:

a magazine cover with scuba divers swimming in the water
Photograph ©2024 by Brian Cohen.

This issue of USAir magazine from February of 1991 was published before the airline changed its name to US Airways. I have several issues of this magazine from that era.

a magazine cover with a group of boys
Photograph ©2024 by Brian Cohen.

Newsweek does still exist today; but not in physical magazine form anymore…

a plane on the runway
Photograph ©2024 by Brian Cohen.

…but on the back cover of this issue from April 22, 1996 is an advertisement for United Airlines, when the name Mileage Plus still had a space in it before the name of the membership program became MileagePlus. Also, InsideFlyer no longer publishes a physical magazine even though it still exists.

a statue of a hand and a door
Photograph ©2024 by Brian Cohen.

This copy of the in-flight magazine from Continental Airlines is from May of 1998.

a cover of a magazine
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Although Delta Air Lines still exists, it stopped publication of Sky, which was its in-flight magazine.

a woman sleeping in bed
Photograph ©2024 by Brian Cohen.

Final Boarding Call

If the aforementioned old magazines and advertisements are not worth anything, I will simply take them to a place which will recycle them.

All photographs ©2024 by Brian Cohen.

  1. You can sell them on eBay for a few bucks but unless it’s something super interesting or historic the only value is to collectors or yourself. Being that most are airline products, there are airline collectors that might pay a bit but you’d be best to sell them in groups to save the hassle of listing them. In addition, you can ship them “media mail” through the USPS to save some shipping costs as the rate is cheaper for media items like books, magazines, CDs, etc.

    1. You may be correct about selling the old magazines on eBay, DaninMCI; but I wonder if it is even worth the effort…

  2. I enjoy reading old magazines, even from a few years ago, as a snapshot of history and memories. I see advertisements for products and stores that do not exist anymore or have completely changed, and it is interesting and enjoyable. It is more accurate than watching period television and movies, and I learn about things I missed the first time around due to being busy. It is also relaxing, like listening to “oldies radio.”

    Little libraries in the communities and the “exchange” or swap area of library “friends” shops may give them a new audience.

    1. I enjoy reading old magazines as well, Sara J. One gets a sense of what the culture was like back in that time period — especially through the advertisements…

      …but unfortunately, I do not have much room to store old magazines and advertisements, which is why I was asking about the aspect of selling them versus simply dropping them off at a recycling center…

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