Beautiful poster-style works of art adorned the covers of magazines the world over from about 1880 to the 1940's. The subject matter of the image was not so important as the visual impact on the viewer and the art did not have to relate to anything covered inside the publication. As with any successful advertisement it just needed to capture the viewer's attention. Most of the great commercial artists of the period as well as many fine artists contributed to this art form.
We like to enlarge the cover and ad art a little (16x20 or 18x24) creating mini-posters. Most images will also do well quality-wise up to 24" x 36". The clean poster-style magazine cover look became more compromised in the 40's as magazines had to compete with radio and television for ad revenue and they started adding text boxes to the covers describing the contents and stories inside. New Yorker is the only current publication continuing that original style.
Antique Maps & Prints
Maps date back to the 15th Century when a city was drawn from a nearby hill and became something of an art form as they were embellished with cartouches and color. Up until about 1900 most maps were steel or copper plate engravings executed on fine handmade paper. Their appeal seems universal.
Also produced with the same techniques and loving care through this period were prints and engravings of natural history, architecture, city views, historical scenes and book story illustrations. Many early newspapers used woodcuts to graphically depict the news of the day.