Sad to see, but Popular Photography magazine will slip silently into the night this month after an 80-year run.
In my younger days, Popular Photography and its frenemy Modern Photography were like pieces of photo gear to me. I also liked Camera 35, which was more oriented towards PJ interests.
Two things that Modern and Pop did that were unique--and hardly done anymore--is that their camera and lens equipment tests included "strip downs" by experienced camera techs, who would comment on design and material choice. Modern would run head-to-head strip-down comparisons of lenses, such as how Contax, Leitz, Canon, and Nikkor lenses compared in internal design and material choice. The only place I see anything like that today is at lensrentals.com, but they don't do many of those.
And also the ads: My first introduction to Adorama, B&H, et cetera, ordered by phone.
They were hokey magazines in a lot of ways, and yes, eclipsed by online content, but sad to see now all gone.