Redbook and Rosamond






Rosamonds 1933 FrankThere exist a solution to every problem if one searches long and hard enough. In hindsight, my late sister should have founded a monthly magazine that would have her latest image of a beautiful woman on the cover. Inside the cover is an order form so a collector can purchase a serigraph. Why Pierrot and Belford did not see the light, is because they are not creative people, nor was Vic Presco, or is Vicki Presco, who were partners of Christine. Their attempt to sell Rosamond Women through American Express, was a lead duck in water.

Royal Rosamond published his own magazine ‘Bright Stories’. My grandfather was the president of Gem Publishing. Royal Rosamond Press republished Rosamond’s ‘At Martha Healy’s Grave’ in 1998. Thanks to my extensive genealogical study, I discovered my niece, Drew Benton, is kin to the artist Philip Boileau the son of Susan Benton, sister of Jessie Benton who married John Fremont ‘The Trailblazer’. Boileu did covers for Post.

Royal published his stories and poems in several magazines, ‘Out West’ being one of them. His friend, Dashel Hammett, published five stories in Redbook one of them being ‘The Thin Man’. Royal would have done well if her hired an artist to paint his beautiful wife, Mary Magdalene Rosamond, and put her on the cover of his new magazine aimed at a female audience.

I am now seeking investors in our families traditional magazine market.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2012

First edition. Quarto. Two-tone cloth spine and paper over boards without dust jacket, as issued. Near fine copy, housed in a slipcase with leather label on spine and titles stamped in gold. This edition is unusual and the story was issued originally by Redbook Magazine in December 1933, and thus the Redbook Magazine edition preceded the Knopf publication of 1934. This edition according to Layman’s Dashiell Hammett, A Descriptive Bibliography A6.2 says, “Second edition. Includes THE THIN MAN printed from Redbook magazine (December 1933) plates. Distributed to subscribers as a premium, NOT FOR SALE. THE THIN MAN was first published in Redbook magazine. SIX REDBOOK NOVELS, published after the Knopf first book publication of the novel, was printed from the plates of the magazine publication. SIX REDBOOK NOVELS is, therefore, the first book publication from the first setting of type of THE THIN MAN.” This complete issue contains novels by six prominent writers of the day. Each of the novels first appeared in the U. S. in Redbook magazine, and the stories are THE THIN MAN by Dashiell Hammett, THE FIGURE IN THE FOG by Mignon G. Eberhardt, THE CROSS OF PEACE by Sir Philip Gibbs, WHITE PIRACY by James Warner Bellah, PARADE GROUND by Charles L. Clifford, and THE BOOMERANG CLUE by Agatha Christie (this book was originally published in the U. K. in 1934 using the title WHY DIDN’T THEY ASK EVANS? All stories are beautifully illustrated by Joseph Franke, Paul Ickes, or Floyd Davis. Bookseller Inventory # 28698

Blue Book (magazine)

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Blue Book

Pulp magazine, Men’s magazine
First issue
1905 (1905-month)
Final issue
United States
Blue Book was a popular 20th-century American magazine with a lengthy 70-year run under various titles from 1905 to 1975. [1] It was a sibling magazine to Redbook.
Launched as The Monthly Story Magazine, it was published under that title from May 1905 to August 1906 with a change to The Monthly Story Blue Book Magazine for issues from September 1906 to April 1907. In its early days, Blue Book also carried a supplement on theatre actors called “Stageland”. The magazine was aimed at both male and female readers.[1]
For the next 45 years (May 1907 to January 1952), it was known as The Blue Book Magazine, Blue Book Magazine, Blue Book,[2] and Blue Book of Fiction and Adventure. The title was shortened with the February 1952 issue to simply Bluebook, continuing until May 1956. With a more exploitative angle, the magazine was revived with an October 1960 issue as Bluebook for Men, and the title again became Bluebook for the final run from 1967 to 1975.
In its 1920s heyday, Blue Book was regarded as one of the “Big Four” pulp magazines, (the best-selling, highest-paying and most critically acclaimed pulps), along with Adventure, Argosy and Short Stories.[3]

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2 Illustrators and writers
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[edit] Publishers and editors
The early publishers were Story-Press Corporation and Consolidated Magazines, followed in 1929 by McCall. After H.S. Publications took over the reins in October 1960, Hanro (Sterling) was the publisher from August 1964 until March 1966 and then the QMG Magazine Corporation, beginning April 1967.
The succession of editors included Karl Edward Harriman, Donald Kennicott (1929 to January 1952), [4] Maxwell Hamilton (February 1952 through the mid-1950s) and Andre Fontaine in the mid-1950s, followed by Frederick A. Birmingham. Maxwell Hamilton returned for the 1960 revival, followed by B. R. Ampolsk in 1967.
[edit] Illustrators and writers
Cover artists during the 1930s included Dean Cornwell, Joseph Chenoweth,[5] Henry J. Soulen and Herbert Morton Stoops, who continued as the cover artist during the 1940s.

The first Blue Book contributors included science-fiction authors George Allan England and William Hope Hodgson,[4] as well as the “Freelances in Diplomacy” (1910) series by Clarence H. New (1862-1933) a series of early spy stories.[6] Rider Haggard and Albert Payson Terhune also published work in Blue Book.
In the 1920s, Blue Book’s roster of authors included two of the world’s most famous writers of popular fiction; Edgar Rice Burroughs and Agatha Christie.[3] In addition to Tarzan, Burroughts published material about “Nyoka, the Jungle Girl” in Blue Book. Nyoka first appeared in “The Land of Hidden Men,” a 1929 Blue Book short story by Burroughs.[7] The characters of Sax Rohmer, James Oliver Curwood, and Zane Grey appeared in Blue Book. Adventure fiction was a staple of Blue Book; in addition to Burroughs, P. C. Wren, H. Bedford-Jones, Achmed Abdullah, George F. Worts, Lemuel De Bra (who specialized in “Chinatown” thrillers) and William L. Chester (with his Burroughs-influenced “Hawk of the Wilderness”, about a white boy adopted by Native Americans) all published in the magazine.[3] Sea stories were also popular in Blue Book, and George Fielding Eliot, Captain A.E. Dingle and Albert Richard Wetjen were some of the publication’s authors known for this sub-genre .[8]
Writers during the 1940s included Nelson S. Bond, Max Brand, Gelett Burgess, Eustace Cockrell, Irvin S. Cobb, Robert A. Heinlein, MacKinlay Kantor, Willy Ley, Theodore Pratt. Ivan Sanderson, Luke Short (pseudonym of Frederick D. Glidden, 1908–1975), Booth Tarkington, Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, Philip Wylie and Dornford Yates. Blue Book managed to attract fiction from a number of authors who did not normally publish in pulp magazines, including Georges Simenon, Shelby Foote and William Lindsay Gresham.[1]
An anthology of stories from the magazine is Best Sea Stories from Bluebook.[8]


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Redbook in 1913
Jill Herzig
Lifestyle, Women’s Interest
12 issues/year
Total circulation
First issue
Hearst Magazines
Redbook is an American women’s magazine published by the Hearst Corporation. It is one of the “Seven Sisters”, a group of women’s service magazines.

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[edit] History
The magazine was first published in May 1903 as The Red Book Illustrated by Stumer, Rosenthal and Eckstein, a firm of Chicago retail merchants. The name was changed to The Red Book Magazine shortly thereafter. Its first editor, from 1903 to 1906, was Trumbull White, who wrote that the name was appropriate because, “Red is the color of cheerfulness, of brightness, of gayety.” In its early years, the magazine published short fiction by well-known authors, including many women writers, along with photographs of popular actresses and other women of note. Within two years the magazine was a success, climbing to a circulation of 300,000.
When White left to edit Appleton’s Magazine, he was replaced by Karl Edwin Harriman, who edited The Red Book Magazine and its sister publications The Blue Book and The Green Book until 1912. Under Harriman the magazine was promoted as “the largest illustrated fiction magazine in the world” and increased its price from 10 cents to 15 cents. According to Endres and Lueck (p. 299), “Red Book was trying to convey the message that it offered something for everyone, and, indeed, it did… There was short fiction by talented writers such as Jack London, Sinclair Lewis, Edith Wharton and Hamlin Garland. Stories were about love, crime, mystery, politics, animals, adventure and history (especially the old West and the Civil War).”
Harriman was succeeded by Ray Long. When Long went on to edit Hearst’s Cosmopolitan in January 1918, Harriman returned as editor, bringing such coups as a series of Tarzan stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs. During this period the cover price was raised to 25 cents.
In 1927, Edwin Balmer, a short-story writer who had written for the magazine, took over as editor; in the summer of 1929 the magazine was bought by McCall Corporation, which changed the name to Redbook but kept Balmer on as editor. He published stories by such writers as Booth Tarkington and F. Scott Fitzgerald, nonfiction pieces by women such as Shirley Temple’s mother and Eleanor Roosevelt, and articles on the Wall Street Crash of 1929 by men like Cornelius Vanderbilt and Eddie Cantor, as well as a complete novel in each issue. Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man was published in Redbook. Balmer made it a general-interest magazine for both men and women.
[edit] Radio
On May 26, 1932, the publisher launched its own radio series, Redbook Magazine Radio Dramas, syndicated dramatizations of stories from the magazine. Stories were selected by Balmer, who also served as the program’s host.
Circulation hit a million in 1937, and success continued until the late 1940s, when the rise of television began to drain readers and the magazine lost touch with its demographic. In 1948 it lost $400,000, and the next year Balmer was replaced by Wade Hampton Nichols, who had edited various movie magazines. Phillips Wyman took over as publisher. Nichols decided to concentrate on “young adults” between 18 and 34 and turned the magazine around. By 1950 circulation reached two million, and the following year the cover price was raised to 35 cents. It published articles on racial prejudice, the dangers of nuclear weapons, and the damage caused by McCarthyism, among other topics. In 1954, Redbook received the Benjamin Franklin Award for public service.
The next year, as the magazine was beginning to steer towards a female audience, Wyman died, and in 1958 Nichols left to edit Good Housekeeping. The new editor was Robert Stein, who continued the focus on women and featured authors such as Dr. Benjamin Spock and Margaret Mead. In 1965 he was replaced by Sey Chassler, during whose 17-year tenure circulation increased to nearly five million and the magazine earned a number of awards, including two National Magazine Awards for fiction. His New York Times obituary says, “A strong advocate for women’s rights, Mr. Chassler started an unusual effort in 1976 that led to the simultaneous publication of articles about the proposed equal rights amendment in 36 women’s magazines. He did it again three years later with 33 magazines.” He retired in 1981 and was replaced by Anne Mollegen Smith, the first woman editor, who had been with the magazine since 1967, serving as fiction editor and managing editor.
Norton Simon Inc., which had purchased the McCall Corporation, sold Redbook to the Charter Company in 1975. In 1982, Charter sold the magazine to the Hearst Corporation, and in April 1983 Smith was fired and replaced by Annette Capone, who “de-emphasized the traditional fiction, featured more celebrity covers, and gave a lot of coverage to exercise, fitness, and nutrition. The main focus was on the young woman who was balancing family, home, and career.” (Endres and Lueck, p. 305) After Ellen R. Levine took over as editor in 1991, even less fiction was published, and the focus was on the young mother. Levine said, “We couldn’t be the magazine we wanted to be with such a big audience, you have to lose your older readers. We did it the minute I walked in the door. It was part of the deal.”
Levine moved to Good Housekeeping in 1994, being replaced by McCall’s Kate White, who left for Cosmopolitan four years later. Succeeding editors were Lesley Jane Seymour (1998-2001), Ellen Kunes (2001-2004), and Stacy Morrison (2004-2010).

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