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The Curtis group is of interest as one of the US print behemoths that influenced US culture and politics prior to 1950 but failed to last the distance.


This chronology is indicative only. Context is provided by the broader communications and media timeline.

1771 Pennsylvania Packet founded by Philadelphia printer John Dunlap

1776 Dunlap prints first copies of US Declaration of Independence

1784 Packet renamed Daily Advertiser and becomes first daily newspaper in US

1800 Daily Advertiser sold to Zachariah Poulson

1801 Alexander Hamilton launches New York Evening Post

1836 Philadelphia Public Ledger founded

1850 Daily Advertiser absorbed by The North American

1857 The Philadelphia Press founded

1872 Cyrus Hermann Curtis founds Boston The People's Ledger

1879 founds Philadelphia Tribune & Farmer

1883 spins off Tribune womens column as The Ladies' Journal (later Ladies' Home Journal) under editorship of son-in-law, Edward W Bok)

1883 Edward Bok founds Brooklyn Magazine (later Cosmopolitan)

1886 Bok founds The Bok Syndicate Press

1889 James Elverson buys controlling interest in Philadelphia Inquirer

1889 Bok becomes editor of Ladies' Home Journal

1890 The Sporting Review (later Sportsmen's Review) founded

1890 Curtis founds Curtis Publishing Company

1892 Ladies' Home Journal refuses ads for patent medicine

1897 Curtis buys Pennsylvania Gazette (renamed Saturday Evening Post) for US$1,000

1909 Saturday Evening Post circulation reaches one million copies per week

1911 buys Country Gentleman

1911 Curtis Publishing establishes first US publishing market research unit

1913 Saturday Evening Post circulation reaches two million copies per week

1913 Curtis buys Philadelphia Public Ledger from Adolph Ochs

1920 buys Philadelphia Press, forms Curtis-Martin Newspapers

1924 buys New York Evening Post

1926 North American merges with Philadelphia Public Ledger as The Public Ledger & North American

1930 Curtis buys Philadelphia Inquirerfor US$10.5m

1931 Inquirer merges with Public Ledger and Evening Ledger

1932 Curtis-Martin sells Inquirer back to Patenotre family (which sells to Annenberg in 1936 for US$10.8m)

1933 New York Evening Post becomes tabloid

1934 New York Evening Post sold by Curtis-Martin to David Stern of the Philadelphia Record and retitled New York Post

1937 Saturday Evening Post circulation reaches three million copies per week

1938 launches Jack and Jill for Children

1943 spins off National Analysts as research service

1946 launches Holiday

1946 founds The Curtis Circulation Company

1949 Saturday Evening Post circulation reaches four million copies per week

1953 Wonder Books acquired by joint venture with Grosset & Dunlap

1954 Saturday Evening Post circulation reaches five million copies per week

1956 Sportsmen's Review becomes Trap & Field

1958 Trap & Field bought by Indianapolis industrialist Beurt SerVaas

1961 Saturday Evening Post circulation reaches seven million copies per week

1969 Saturday Evening Post folds

1970 Saturday Evening Post title and assets sold to Beurt SerVaas

1970 Booz Allen & Hamilton buys National Analysts

1981 Curtis Management Group founded to licence publicity rights

1982 ownership of Saturday Evening Post transferred to Benjamin Franklin Literary & Medical Society

1986 Ladies Home Journal title bought by Meredith