It’s the year 1933. Construction of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in California has just begun, Wiley Post becomes the first person to fly solo around the world, and hundreds of thousands of people are feeling the effects of the Great Depression.
In the midst of all this, an 18-page publication printed on orange paper circulates among members in each of the 20 Toastmasters clubs in the United States and Canada. The Toastmaster magazine was in its humble beginnings, being issued on a quarterly basis to those who paid the 1 USD annual membership fee.
The Toastmaster has come a long way over the last 86 years. In terms of content, even in the 20th century, the magazine did not go untouched by current events. Issues published during the Great Depression, for example, featured many articles and commentaries stressing the importance of Toastmasters training to members disenfranchised by a stricken economy. During the years of World War II, many Toastmasters were called to serve their countries, and the magazine covered the value of bringing public speaking training to the enlisted men. Then, in 1973, when women were officially admitted into Toastmasters, articles began to reflect this powerful transformation in membership and brought a new kind of voice to the Toastmaster.
The Toastmaster magazine was in its humble beginnings, being issued on a quarterly basis to those who paid the 1 USD annual membership fee.
The Toastmaster today publishes content to meet the needs of members in the 21st century. Popular recent subjects include presentation technology and apps, how to practice mindfulness, developing cultural and emotional intelligence, and using transferrable skills in the workplace.
The magazine has also taken different shapes over time to keep up with digital demands, including an online flipbook, tablet app, and a web-based edition that debuted three years ago on the Toastmasters website. A member login is no longer required to view the current issue, so articles can be read and shared by anyone, at any time, from any device. The online edition features interactive content such as videos, audio tips, podcasts, photo galleries, and hyperlinked resources, with articles promoted across Toastmasters’ social media channels weekly.
Are you ready to step back into time with your Toastmaster? Check out some of the significant occasions over the decades in the photo gallery below, then take a quiz and test your magazine knowledge.
Visit the Toastmaster Archives
Did you know that every issue of the Toastmaster is available for download by PDF? Issues from 2012–present are located under the Archive tab, or visit the public Toastmasters Gallery for issues from 1933–2011. Article indexes are also available for your convenience to help you search for a specific article by topic or author.