Munsey's Magazine

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Munsey's Magazine
Munseys Magazine May 1911.jpg
Munsey's Magazine May 1911
FounderFrank Munsey
Final issueOctober 1929 (1929-10)
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

Munsey's Weekly, later known as Munsey's Magazine, was a 36-page quarto American magazine founded by Frank A. Munsey in 1889 and edited by John Kendrick Bangs.[1] Frank Munsey aimed to publish "a magazine of the people and for the people, with pictures and art and good cheer and human interest throughout". Soon after its inception, the magazine was selling 40,000 copies a week. In 1891, Munsey's Weekly adopted a monthly schedule and was renamed Munsey's Magazine.

In October 1893, Munsey reduced the price of the magazine from 25 cents to 10 cents, which was greatly successful. By 1895, the magazine had a circulation of 500,000 a month. It included numerous illustrations (including many by the illustrator Charles Howard Johnson) and was attacked for its "half-dressed women and undressed statuary". Some outlets refused to stock the magazine as a result, but circulation continued to grow and by 1897 had reached 700,000 per month.

Circulation began to fall in 1906 and by the 1920s was down to 60,000. In October 1929, Munsey's was merged with Argosy. It immediately thereafter demerged with Argosy All-Story to form All-Story, which continued on a monthly schedule under a variety of similar titles until May 1955.[2]


Elisabeth Sanxay Holding's stories were published in Munsey's throughout 1920-1928.

Charles M. Relyea was among the illustrators whose work appeared in Munsey's.[3]

Tod Robbins' short story "Spurs" was published by Munsey's in 1923. It was loosely adapted into the film Freaks (1932).[citation needed]

Mazo de la Roche, the author of the popular Jalna series, had her first story published in 1902 in Munsey's Magazine.[citation needed]

Robert William Service published the poem "Unforgotten" (also called "Apart and yet Together") in December 1903.[4]

Eldred Kurtz Means's story "At the End of the Rope" contains the earliest known usage of the saying: If it wasn't for bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all.[5][6][7]


Front-cover Title Variations[edit]

Title Start End
Munsey's Weekly 02/02/1889 08/18/1891
Munsey's Magazine 10/1891 11/1894
Munsey 12/1894 03/1897
Munsey's Magazine 04/1897 04/1898
The Munsey 05/1898 05/1907
The Munsey Magazine 06/1907 05/1909
The Munsey 06/1909 06/1911
unknown 07/1911 -
Munsey 08/1911 07/1913
The Munsey 08/1913 -
Munsey 09/1913 03/1925
The Munsey Magazine 04/1925 05/1926
Munsey 06/1926 10/1929

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Full-text on-line versions available via Google Books (last accessed 2012-01-02):

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tassin, Algernon (December 1915). "The Magazine In America, Part X: The End Of The Century". The Bookman: an Illustrated Magazine of Literature and Life. XLII (4): 396–412. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  2. ^ "The Argosy & related magazines".
  3. ^ Walt Reed (2001). The illustrator in America, 1860-2000 (third ed.). pp. 114–115. ISBN 9780823025237.
  4. ^ "Biographie". Robert Service.
  5. ^ "E. K. Means – Quote Investigator". The following passage employed nonstandard spelling. ... : "It wus a bad time for me when I come to Tickfall. I'm shore had bad luck; but ef dar warn't no bad luck, I wouldn't hab no luck at all."
  6. ^ See 1927 January, Munsey’s Magazine, Volume 89, Number 4, At the End of the Rope by E. K. Means, Short Story Series: Tickfall, Start Page 645, Quote Page 649, New York: The Frank A. Munsey Company.
  7. ^ See 1928 December, Munsey’s Magazine, Volume 95, Number 3, One Kind Deed by E. K. Means, Short Story Series: Tickfall, Start Page 382, Quote Page 384, Column 1, New York: The Frank A. Munsey Company.
  8. ^ a b "The Press: Recalling Bob Davis". Time. 1930-06-16. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  9. ^ Arthur Leeds, "Midsummer Photoplay and Fiction Market," Writer's Digest, August 1921.
  10. ^ Various editorial notes in The Student Writer and its successor The Author & Journalist.
  11. ^ Various editorial notes in The Author & Journalist.
  12. ^ Various editorial notes in The Author & Journalist.


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