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On the racks

Magazines of the Colonial Period

10.20.08 | 6 Comments

The earliest regular Colonial newspaper was the Boston News-Letter founded in 1704. The hyphen, I’d guess indicates that media consolidation afflicted even the first publisher…though I’m not quite sure how. I learned today that The Atlantic was the first American magazine, and began publishing just two years after the BNL in ’06.

As improbable as that may seem, the current issue of Atlantic (which I just had to buy to see the Pentagram redesign for myself) boldly declares that it’s in its 302nd Volume–or at least that’s what the TOC says.

The Editor’s note doesn’t quite jibe with that figure—it mentions a first redesign coming 1947–90 years after the magazine’s founding. That would put the age at 151, or exactly half of 302.

So, either someone made a mistake, or The Atlantic publishes in dog years.

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