Popular Mechanics

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Popular Mechanics
Popular Mechanics Cover Vol 1 Issue 1 11 January 1902.jpg
Popular Mechanics first cover (11 January 1902)
Editor-In-Chief Ryan D’Agostino[1]
Categories Automotive, DIY, Science, Technology
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Cameron Connors
Total circulation
First issue 11 January 1902
Company Hearst Magazines
Country United States
Language English
Website www.popularmechanics.com
ISSN 0032-4558

Popular Mechanics is a classic magazine of popular technology. First published January 11, 1902, by H. H. Windsor, it has been owned since 1958 by the Hearst Corporation. There are nine international editions, including a now-defunct Latin American version that had been published for decades, and a newer South Africa edition. 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 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[5][6] through Google Books.


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


  1. ^ Ryan D'Agostino Tapped to Helm Popular Mechanics
  2. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. June 30, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Literature and Popular Culture". Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  4. ^ "Intro-Popular Mechanics Magazine-Amst 205". Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  5. ^ The, Editors (December 10, 2008). "Google and Popular Mechanics". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  6. ^ Ross, James (August 15, 2005). "Google Library Project". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 

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