Vintage Family Handyman Covers from the ‘80s
To celebrate Family Handyman's 70th anniversary, take a look back at these vintage Family Handyman covers from the 1980s.
1980 Winter Cover
As energy and fuel costs rose in the late ’70s and early ’80s, people began looking for new ways to save energy. This February 1980 issue of the magazine featured a home where we traced energy consumption down to the last watt. It was estimated then that earth-sheltered homes could reduce heating and cooling costs by 50 to 85 percent.
Plus, check out these vintage home trends that will take you way back.
Winter 1981 Cover
The cover of our March 1981 issue featured a young Geraldo Rivera! Before becoming a tabloid talk show host and Fox News contributor, Rivera was a Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter for WABC-TV in New York and the ABC Network.
Plus, check out our top favorite famous handymen/women.
Summer 1981 Cover
In 1981 we described how to find and fix the perfect restorable house. Here are the pros and cons of renovating an old house.
Fall 1983 Cover
Life can be chaotic but we’ve always found ways to make your home stylish and efficient, like this from 1983. Plus, check out these home design trends that will take over in 2020.
Summer 1984 Cover
By 1984 the Family Handyman increased its newsstand price to $1.75. This issue of the magazine is all about making rooms that families can enjoy.
Fall 1985 Cover
The September 1985 issue of the magazine featured a whole house repair manual. Here are 100 home repairs you don’t need to call a pro for.
Fall 1986 Cover
Doesn’t this sunroom from our September 1986 cover look relaxing? Plus, check out these 14 ways to add space to your home that won’t break the bank.
Spring 1988 Cover
Sometimes it’s better to know someone with a hot tub rather than have your own. Or not. Back in ’88 we showed you how to complete a spa-deck.
Summer 1989 Cover
Sold for $1.95 cents in 1989, this issue of the magazine taught you how to construct a library room. Here’s how to build a classic floor-to-ceiling bookcase.
Fall 1989 Cover
The ’80s brought us loads of interesting décor choices, and this white-and-red color combo is one of the more subdued designs. Red and white color schemes were rampant in the ’80s. Remember red-framed glasses? They’re making a modest comeback.
Up next, check out what living rooms in the ‘80s really looked like.
For more of our amazing vintage Family Handyman content, visit our 70th Anniversary Page.