The First Issue of The New Yorker

February 21st Celebrates The First Issue of The New Yorker

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 21st 1925, the first issue of “The New Yorker” was published.

So who were the founders of magazine called The New Yorker?

It was founded by Harold Ross and his wife, Jane Grant, a New York Times reporter, which is why the magazine was referred as the New Yorker, being discovered by two New Yorkers.

The New Yorker wasn’t the first magazine created by a husband and wife team. There were other magazines in the late 1900s that husband and wife teamed up to produce a magazine.

One such magazine besides The New Yorker was also another magazine called, “The Ladies Home Journal.”

In 1985, the magazine was acquired by Samuel Newhouse and became part of his media empire, Advance Publications.

Today’s YouTube presented by user name, (The New Yorker) given you a little history on the magazine by Wyatt Mitchell in the several ways the magazine redesigned itself through the ages.

The New Yorker is a weekly magazine offering a signature mix of reporting and commentary on politics, international affairs, popular culture and the arts, science and technology, and business, along with fiction, poetry, humor, and cartoons. The magazine is available in print at newsstands and by subscription.

Have you heard of The New Yorker Festival?

The New Yorker Festival is a three-day celebration of ideas and the arts, held in early fall in New York City, featuring New Yorker writers, artists, editors, and other guests. This year, The New Yorker Festival will take place October 2-4.

The original cover of the New Yorker that came out on February 21st 1925 was drawn by Rea Irvin.

Before drawing the cover of the New Yorker, Rea Irvin was born in San Francisco, he studied at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute for six months, started his career as an unpaid cartoonist for The San Francisco Examiner.

He also contributed to the San Francisco Evening Post. He also worked as an itinerant actor (for both stage and screen), newspaper illustrator, and piano player.

In 1906 he moved to the East Coast. In the 1910s he contributed many illustrations to both Red Book magazine and its sister publication, Green Book.

However, Irvin had joined an advisory board to help launch The New Yorker and then worked on the staff of The New Yorker as an illustrator and art editor.

The magazine’s first cover, of a dandy peering at a butterfly through a monocle, was drawn by Irvin; the dandy replaced at the last minute a drawing of theater curtains revealing the skyline of Manhattan.

The gentleman on the original cover is referred to as “Eustace Tilley,” a character created for The New Yorker by Corey Ford.

When he had taken the job at The New Yorker, Irvin had assumed that the magazine would fold after a few issues, but his work would appear on 169 covers of The New Yorker between 1925 and 1958).

Today the magazine can be seen on tablets, laptops and various ways as we celebrate how on February 21st 1925, the first issue of “The New Yorker” was published.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


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