Louisville Magazine debuted in March 1950. By our count, that’s 854 covers. (For a stretch in the ’50s and ’60s, we even published covers of “unusual materials” — like, not kidding, velour and wood veneer.) Here are all of our covers from the last two years, and the first-ever cover. We’ll be sharing more. Only, oh, 800 or so to go.
That’s a “full-color air view of the city looking north toward the Ohio River and showing, left to right, Seventh, Sixth, Fifth and Fourth streets — the heart of Louisville’s shopping and business center.” In the upper-left-hand-corner, an artist’s drawing of then-Mayor Charles Farnsley’s new city flag “whips in the breeze.” The flag, which became official on Oct. 5, 1949, features 13 stars to represent the nation’s original 13 states. The golden, France-inspired fleurs-de-lis denote Louis XVI, our city’s namesake.