Newsstand: 1925: Overview

a virtual newsstand from the summer of 1925

           The 1925 Virtual Newsstand is an ongoing class project for the reoccurring Senior Capstone, lead by Dr. David M. Earle, Associate Professor of English at the University of West Florida. The Project’s  pedagogical goal is self-evident: to provide subject matter for an introduction to periodical studies research and to offer a means to explore the digital and post-structural theories of “The Archive.” Its goals of public service are farther reaching: to establish a “horizontal” vision of literary production in the mid-1920s; to establish a basis for the cohesive study for popular reading, often overlooked; to illustrate the “gap in the archive” and work towards fixing this; and, finally, to try and recapture a sense of the ephemeral and disappearing newsstand: an integral institution of daily-life America in the 20th century, and the site of populist literary dissemination.

            Overall, we see The eNewsstand Project as an important lens into 1920s culture, literary production, and the dynamics behind archival omission and canonicity. The students’ hard work with their individual magazines, whether contextualizing or adding to the vision of the project, makes this possible. Those students are:


Fall 2014: Kent Langham, Holly MacNaughton, Abby Morrison, Rachel Rehr, Savannah Rucker, Annie Thornton


Fall 2012 (class strictly on pulps): Chelsea Anderson, Lauren Gibson.


Fall 2011: Victoria Bell, Kristen Hansen, Shannon Holst, Anna Mazzola, Ashley Rawlinson, Melissa Rininger, Ashley Warren.


Fall 2010: Amanda Breaux, Jon Cotton, Austin Enfinger, Genna Gazelka, Andrea Johnson, Josh Joyner, Etienne Lambert, Rebekah Neely, Rose Norton, Michael Richards, Paige Wester.


Fall 2009: Aric Brisolara, Brad Bullock, Clay Dillon, Kelley English, Milissa Francis, Emily Gold, Sam Haynes, Justin King, Justin McCoy, Treyson Sanders, Georgia Clarkson Smith, Derek Stone, Jennifer Tindell, Josephine Tobin, Megan Warden, Lauren Welch.


Statement of Copyright: The material in the digitized magazines linked to these pages are for educational purposes only. To the best of our knowledge, they are out of copyright or are presented in a limited capacity for good faith. If you own the copyright of any of the periodicals, material, or photographs included therein, please get in touch with David Earle (


For any further questions, write to David M. Earle ( Also, if you have any magazines from the summer of 1925, actual or digital, that you are willing to donate to the class’ cause,  it would be greatly appreciated. Finding the magazines is the most difficult aspect of the class/project. With help, we will be able to give a full and cohesive portrait of a time, place, and institution integral to American Culture and Identity.