The existence of any business can be shaky in the best of economies. Vanity Fair Magazines has experienced such a history. Having experienced several restarts on 2 different continents, UK and the United States, it still survives and thrives.
With a history of starts, restarts and revamps, 4 do overs to date, it may stop publication but refuses to stay down or out. Originally started in 1859, in Manhattan, it ran a short life ending in 1863. Its rebirth came in 1868 when it gained noteriety as a “society magazine” in the U. K. This time around its life was a bit longer. It finally came to an end or rather changed hands in 1914.
However, its third life came in 1913 when it was revamped by Conde’ Nast. Who, by the way had made a success of “Vogue”. Under the guidance of Nast, it became known as “Dress & Vanity Fair” and continued catering to the lovers, luxury lovers and money spending multitude around the world but, its base had become the United States. In 1914 Vanity Fair began showcasing the “Jazz Age”, modern artist, and promising writers.
From 1936 till 1983 publication was suspended. Some suspect it was because of the volatility in the world and as a result, those in control felt it was just not the right thing to publish. In 1984 Tina Brown gained control and gave Vanity Fair a Reagan Era appeal. Today, celebs most often grace the covers often begrudgingly giving way to popularity of notables from other areas of society. It graces magazine racks, Newsstands and bookstores across the country and appears not to be ending anytime soon.
All information was from the attach link: https://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/2008/01/oneclickhistory
Vanity Fair has ranked their cover shots by popularity and can be found at this link: