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Popular Mechanics is a classic magazine of popular science and technology.

Popular Mechanics
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Popular Mechanics Cover Vol 1 Issue 1 11 January 1902.jpg
Popular Mechanics first cover (January 11, 1902)
Editor-In-ChiefRyan D’Agostino[1]
CategoriesAutomotive, DIY, Science, Technology
PublisherCameron Connors
Total circulation
First issueJanuary 11, 1902; 116 years ago (1902-01-11)
CompanyHearst Communications
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City, New York

Popular Mechanics was first published by Henry Haven Windsor, January 11, 1902. It has been owned since 1958 by Hearst Communications.

There are nine[3] 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.[4][5] A recurring column is "Jay Leno's Garage" featuring observations by the late-night talk show host and vehicle enthusiast.[6]


Popular Mechanics was founded in Chicago by Henry Haven Windsor, with the first issue appearing on January 11, 1902.[7][8][9] 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[10][11] through Google Books.


The Most Useful Podcast Ever is the official biweekly podcast of Popular Mechanics magazine.


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  2. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. December 31, 2017. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "Popular Mechanics". Magazine Store. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "spectram 02 sensor how to install on a 98 corollaLiterature and Popular Culture". Archived from the original on October 19, 2008. Retrieved September 23, 2008.
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  6. ^ "Intro-Popular Mechanics Magazine-Amst 205". Archived from the original on September 9, 2006. Retrieved September 23, 2008.
  7. ^ Whittaker, Wayne (January 1952). "The Story of Popular Mechanics". Popular Mechanics. pp. 127–132, 366–380.
  8. ^ "Top 100 U.S. Magazines by Circulation" (PDF). PSA Research Center. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  9. ^ Darren Orf. "Analysis" (PDF). MO Space. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  10. ^ "Google and Popular Mechanics". Popular Mechanics. December 10, 2008. Archived from the original on December 31, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2010.
  11. ^ Ross, James (August 15, 2005). "Google Library Project". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved March 13, 2010.

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