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|editor_title = Editor-In-Chief|staff_writer = |frequency = MonthlyDATE= DECEMBER 31, 2017 AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS (NORTH AMERICA)>AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS, July 2, 2018, | circulation_year = 2017|category = Automotive, DIY, Science, Technology|company = Hearst Communications|publisher = Cameron Connorsweblink}}|issn = 0032-4558}}Popular Mechanics (sometimes PM or PopMech) is a magazine of popular science and technology, featuring automotive, home, outdoor, electronics, science, do-it-yourself, and technology topics. Military topics, aviation and transportation of all types, space, tools and gadgets are commonly featured.WEB,weblink Popular Mechanics, It was founded in 1902 by Henry Haven Windsor, who was the editor and—as owner of the Popular Mechanics Company—the publisher. For decades, the tagline of the monthly magazine was "Written so you can understand it." In 1958, PM was purchased by the Hearst Corporation, now Hearst Communications.BOOK, Ninety Years of Popular Mechanics, Seelhorst, Mary, Possible Dreams: Enthusiasm for Technology in America, Seawell, 1992, Wright, John, St. Paul, Minn, 62, In 2013, the US edition changed from twelve to ten issues per year, and in 2014 the tagline was changed to "How your world works."WEB,weblink The 60-second interview: Ryan D'Agostino, editor-in-chief, Popular Mechanics, Oct 20, 2014,, Jan 3, 2019, The magazine added a podcast in recent years, including regular features Most Useful Podcast Ever and How Your World Works.WEB,weblink Popular Mechanics podcasts,


Popular Mechanics was founded in Chicago by Henry Haven Windsor, with the first issue dated January 11, 1902. His concept was that it would explain "the way the world works" in plain language, with photos and illustrations to aid comprehension. For decades, its tagline was "Written so you can understand it."MAGAZINE,weblink Whittaker, Wayne, The Story of Popular Mechanics, Popular Mechanics, January 1952, 127–132; 366–380, The magazine was a weekly until September 1902, when it became a monthly. The Popular Mechanics Company was owned by the Windsor family and printed in Chicago until the Hearst Corporation purchased the magazine in 1958. In 1962, the editorial offices moved to New York City.JOURNAL, Seelhorst, Mary, October 2002, In the Driver's Seat,weblink Popular Mechanics, 96, From the first issue, the magazine featured a large illustration of a technological subject, a look that evolved into the magazine's characteristic full-page, full-color illustration and a small 6.5" x 9.5" trim size beginning with the July, 1911 issue. It maintained the small format until 1975 when it switched the larger standard trim size. Popular Science adopted full-color cover illustrations in 1915, and the look was widely imitated by later technology magazines.JOURNAL, Seelhorst, Mary, May 2002, The Art of the Cover: The most memorable covers from the past 100 years and the stories behind them.,weblink Popular Mechanics, 94, Several international editions were introduced after World War II, starting with a French edition, followed by Spanish in 1947, and Swedish and Danish in 1949. In 2002, the print magazine was being published in English, Chinese, and Spanish and distributed worldwide.JOURNAL, Seelhorst, Mary, March 2002, Zero to 100,weblink Popular Mechanics, 117, South AfricanWEB,weblink Popular Mechanics,, Jan 3, 2019, and Russian editions were introduced that same year.Notable articles have been contributed by notable people including Guglielmo Marconi, Thomas Edison, Jules Verne, Barney Oldfield, Knute Rockne, Winston Churchill, Charles Kettering, Tom Wolfe and Buzz Aldrin, as well as some US presidents including Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Comedian and car expert Jay Leno had a regular column, Jay Leno's Garage, starting in March, 1999.BOOK, The Best of Popular Mechanics, 1902-2002, Hearst Communications, 2002, 1-58816-112-9, Seelhorst, Mary, New York, 1,

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weblink Popular Mechanics, 95-97, !Name!Dates|Henry Haven Windsor|Jan 1902 - Jun 1924|Henry Haven Windsor Jr|Jul 1924 - Dec 1958|Roderick Grant|Jan 1959 - Dec 1960|Clifford Hicks|Jan 1961 - Sep 1962|Don Dinwiddie|Oct 1962 - Sep 1965|Robert Crosley|Jul 1966 - Dec 1971|Jim Liston|Jan 1972 - Dec 1974|John Linkletter|Jan 1975 - Jun 1985DATE=SEPTEMBER 2004URL=HTTPS://BOOKS.GOOGLE.COM/BOOKS?ID=ITMDAAAAMBAJ&LPG=PA8&DQ=JIM%20MEIGS&PG=PA6#V=ONEPAGE&Q=JIM%20MEIGS&F=FALSEVOLUME=VIA=, |Aug 1985 - Sep 2004DATE=APRIL 22, 2014, December 31, 2018, |Oct 2004 - April 2014|Ryan D'Agostino|May 2014 -
  • Note that in general, dates are the inclusive issues for which an editor was responsible. For decades, the lead time to go from submission to print was three months, so some of the dates might not correspond exactly with employment dates. As the Popular Mechanics web site has become more dominant and the importance of print issues has declined, editorial changes have more immediate impact.


  • 1986 National Magazine Award in the Leisure Interest category for the Popular Mechanics Woodworking Guide, November 1986.WEB,weblink National Magazine Awards, January 6, 2018, {{Circular reference|date=March 2019}}
  • 2008 National Magazine Award in the Personal Service category for its "Know Your Footprint: Energy, Water and Waste" series.
  • The magazine has received eight National Magazine Award nominations, including 2012 nominations in the Magazine of the Year category and the General Excellence category.WEB,weblink Popular Mechanics News and Updates, Hearst Communications, December 31, 2018,



Further reading

  • JOURNAL, 35, 2, 396–401, Israel, Paul B., Enthusiasts and Innovators: 'Possible Dreams' and the 'Innovation Station' at the Henry Ford Museum, Technology and Culture, April 1994, 10.2307/3106308, 3106308, Henry Ford Museum,
  • BOOK, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, 978-0-933728-35-6, 128, Wright, John L., Possible Dreams: Enthusiasm for Technology in America, July 1992,
  • JOURNAL, 52, 1/2, 39–46, Bryant, Margaret M., New Words from Popular Mechanics, American Speech, 1977, 10.2307/454718, 454718,
  • A nearly complete archive of Popular Mechanics issues from 1905 through 2005 is availableWEB,weblink Google and Popular Mechanics, December 10, 2008, Popular Mechanics,weblink" title="">weblink December 31, 2008, dead, March 13, 2010, mdy-all, MAGAZINE,weblink Google Library Project, Ross, James, August 15, 2005, Popular Mechanics, March 13, 2010, through Google Books.
  • Popular Mechanics' cover art is the subject of Tom Burns' 2015 Texas Tech PhD dissertation, titled Useful fictions: How Popular Mechanics builds technological literacy through magazine cover illustration.WEB,weblink Tom Burns (2015),
  • Darren Orr wrote an analysis of the state of Popular Mechanics in 2014 as partial fulfillment of requirements for a master's degree in journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia.JOURNAL, Orf, Darren, 2013, "Written So You Can Understand It": The process and people behind creating an issue of Popular Mechanics,weblink en-gb, WEB,weblink Analysis, Darren Orf, MO Space, September 22, 2016,

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