Popular Mechanics

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Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics first cover (January 11, 1902)
Editor-In-Chief Ryan D’Agostino[1]
Categories Automotive, DIY, Science, Technology
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Cameron Connors
Total circulation
(June 2014)
First issue January 11, 1902 (1902-01-11)
Company Hearst
Country United States
Based in New York City
Language English
Website www.popularmechanics.com
ISSN 0032-4558

Popular Mechanics is a classic magazine of popular technology. First published January 11, 1902, by Henry Haven Windsor, it has been owned since 1958 by Hearst. There are nine international editions, including a now-defunct Latin American version that had been published for decades, and a newer South African edition. The Russian edition of Popular Mechanics has been issued since 2002. In 2013, the US edition changed from twelve to ten issues per year.


Popular Mechanics features regular sections on automotive, home, outdoors, science, and technology topics. A recurring column is "Jay Leno's Garage" featuring observations by the famed late-night talk show host and vehicle enthusiast.[3][4]


Popular Mechanics was established in 1902.[5] The first issue appeared on January 11, 1902.[6] The magazine was originally self-published by the Popular Mechanics Company but in 1958 became a subsidiary of the Hearst Corporation. A nearly complete archive of Popular Mechanics issues from 1905 through 2005 is available[7][8] through Google Books.


Popular Mechanics Show is the official weekly podcast of Popular Mechanics magazine.


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  2. "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. June 30, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  3. "Literature and Popular Culture". Retrieved September 23, 2008.
  4. "Intro-Popular Mechanics Magazine-Amst 205". Retrieved September 23, 2008.
  5. "Top 100 U.S. Magazines by Circulation" (PDF). PSA Research Center. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  6. Darren Orf. "Analysis" (PDF). MO Space. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  7. "Google and Popular Mechanics". Popular Mechanics. December 10, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2010.
  8. Ross, James (August 15, 2005). "Google Library Project". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved March 13, 2010.

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