Truth (magazine)

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Truth magazine 1900cover.jpg
March 1900 cover, Volume XIX no. 3
EditorBlakely Hall
FrequencyWeekly to monthly
Year founded1881
Final issue1905
CountryUnited States

Truth magazine was both a weekly magazine and a monthly reader published from 1881 until 1905 in the United States. [1] Its subtitle was "The Brightest of Weeklies". [2]

The publication was founded in 1881 as a society journal. It was on hiatus from 1884 until 1886, and was revamped starting in 1891 under new editor Blakely Hall, who spiced up the publication by adding more pictures of women to its pages, more social satire, and color. Circulation grew to 50,000 subscribers at that point. [3] [4] [5]

Originally a weekly, it transitioned to a monthly publication in 1898, among other numerous changes the publication regularly underwent to its contents and size. It ceased publication in 1905. [6] [7]


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  1. "The R. F. Outcault Reader Vol. 8, #4 - 3".
  2. subtitle reference
  3. Mount, Nicholas James. When Canadian Literature Moved to New York, p. 58 (2005)
  4. Sloane, Davie E.E. (ed.) American humor magazines and comic periodicals, p. 289-90 (1987)
  5. The Man About Town, Art in Advertising, Vol. I., No. 4, p. 118 (December 1891) (report on revamped Truth)
  6. 1 2 Gambone, Robert L. Life on the Press: The Popular Art and Illustrations of George Benjamin Luks, p. 20 (University Press of Mississippi, 2009)
  7. Adcock, John (29 July 2012). TRUTH, ever changing – weekly 1881-98, monthly 1899-1905 , Yesterday's Papers (source is a technically a "blog", but content is well sourced and written by established writer and illustrator)