The Delineator

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The Delineator, August 1894 cover

The Delineator was an American women's magazine of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, founded by the Butterick Publishing Company in 1869 under the name The Metropolitan Monthly. Its name was changed in 1875. The magazine was published on a monthly basis in New York City.[1] In November 1926, under the editorship of Mrs. William Brown Meloney, it absorbed The Designer, founded in 1887 and published by the Standard Fashion Company, a Butterick subsidiary.[2]

One of its managing editors was writer Theodore Dreiser, who worked with other members of the staff such as Sarah Field Splint (later known for writing cookbooks ) and Arthur Sullivant Hoffman. [3] The novelist and short story writer, Honoré Willsie Morrow served as editor, 1914–19.[4]

Seal of approval of the Delineator Home Institute

The Delineator featured the Butterick sewing patterns and provided an in-depth look at the fashion of the day. Butterick also produced quarterly catalogs of fashion patterns in the 1920s and early 1930s.[citation needed]

In addition to clothing patterns, the magazine published photos and drawings of embroidery and needlework that could be used to adorn both clothing and items for the home. It also included articles on all forms of home decor. It also published fiction, including many short stories by L. Frank Baum.[citation needed] In the late 1920s, it featured covers by noted fashion artist Helen Dryden.[5]

It ceased publication in 1937.[6]

Further reading[edit]

Endres, Kathleen L. and Therese L. Lueck, eds. Women's Periodicals in the United States: Consumer Magazines. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995: 60.

Bland, Sidney R. "Shaping the Life of the New Woman: The Crusading Years of the "Delineator" ." American Periodicals. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press, 2009: Vol[7]


  1. ^ "Newsstand: 1925. The Delineator". University of West Florida. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "Butterick Magazines to Merge," The New York Times, June 17, 1926
  3. ^ W.A. Swanberg, Dreiser. Scribner, 1965, (p. 135).
  4. ^ The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction. Doubleday & Company. 1926. pp. 361–62. Retrieved 2 July 2022. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ "Helen Dryden: Illustrator and Industrial Designer in the Age of Art Deco". Washington University in St. Louis Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  6. ^ The Delineator Magazine Profile
  7. ^ Bland, Sidney R. (2009). "Shaping the Life of the New Woman: The Crusading Years of the "Delineator"". American Periodicals. The Ohio State University Press. 19 (2): 165–188. doi:10.1353/amp.0.0030. JSTOR 23025159. S2CID 144867629 – via JSTOR.

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