Popular Mechanics

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Popular Mechanics
Popular Mechanics Cover Vol 1 Issue 1 11 January 1902.jpg
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
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 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 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 September 23, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Intro-Popular Mechanics Magazine-Amst 205". Retrieved September 23, 2008. 
  5. ^ The, Editors (December 10, 2008). "Google and Popular Mechanics". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ Ross, James (August 15, 2005). "Google Library Project". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 

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