by Mei Mendez, CHC Librarian
The magazine Grafos began publication in 1933 in Havana, Cuba. Founded by María Radelat de Fontanills and María Dolores Machín de Upmann, the magazine addressed a variety of topics: women’s issues, society news and fashion, interior design, and history and architecture, among others. In the first issue, the Grafos editors proclaimed that the magazine would be “a publication with a graphic [design] sensibility, without abandoning the literary side, to which we will give all the attention it deserves.” Nicolás Guillén, José Lezama Lima, Gastón Baquero, Lydia Cabrera, and other literary figures of the time contributed to the magazine.
In 1942, Grafos merged with another Cuban revista, and the title of the new magazine became Grafos Havanity. The Cuban diplomat, art critic, and Revista Orígenes founder Guy Pérez-Cisneros took over as editor in chief in 1943. The magazine ceased publication in 1946.
For all its prominence during the 1930s and 1940s, today the magazine is considered extremely rare. Only the Cuban Heritage Collection and the Library of Congress have this periodical in their collections. The Cuban Heritage Collection holds the following editions of Grafos: November 1933, May 1936, March 1937, April 1937, October 1937, and November/December 1937. Find the magazine in our catalog: http://catalog.library.miami.edu/record=b4922503~S11
 “Una publicación de carácter gráfico, sin que por ello se relegue la parte literaria, a la que prestaremos toda la atención que merece.” “Diccionario de la Literatura Cubana,” Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes, accessed on August 13, 2014, http://bib.cervantesvirtual.com/servlet/SirveObras/02494907545027618976613/254g.htm.
 According to a WorldCat search and Roberto Esquenazi-Mayo, A Survey of Cuban Revistas, 1902-1958 (Washington: Library of Congress, 1993), 36-37