- Town & Country (magazine)
"Town & Country", formerly the "Home Journal" and "The National Press", is a monthly American
lifestyle magazine. It is the oldest continually published general interest magazine in the United States
It was founded by poet and essayist
Nathaniel Parker Willisand "New York Evening Mirror" newspaper editor George Pope Morris, as "The National Press" in 1846. Eight months later, it was renamed "The Home Journal". [Auser, Courtland P. "Nathaniel P. Willis". New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1969: 125.] . After 1901, the magazine title became "Town & Country" and it has retained that name ever since.
Throughout most of the 19th century, this weekly magazine featured poetry, essays, and fiction. As more influential people began reading it, the magazine began to include society news and gossip in its pages. After 1901, the magazine continued to chronicle the social events and leisure activities of the North American landed
aristocracysuch as debutanteor cotillionballs, and also reported on the subsequent "advantageous marriages" that came from people meeting at such social engagements.
The magazine's earlier readership initially consisted of members of the Establishment. This includes older wealthy families of
New York, Boston Brahminsor those people in other parts of the United States whose surnames may have appeared in the " Social Register".
Willis owned and edited the magazine from 1846 until his death in 1867.
After Willis's death, the magazine went through several owners and editors until
William Randolph Hearstacquired ownership in 1925. The first editor under Hearst ownership was Harry Bull. He edited the magazine from 1925 through 1949. Henry B. Sell became Bull's successor.
The magazine is still owned and published by the
Today, the magazine is published monthly, and its readership is composed of mainly younger
socialites, café society, and middle classprofessionals.
Most of the advertising copy in the magazine is for
luxury goodsand services. The feature articles and photography focus primarily on fashion, arts, culture, interior design, travel, weddings, parties, gala events and other interests and concerns of the upper class.
In May 1993, Pamela Fiori became the first woman
editor-in-chiefof "Town & Country" magazine. During her tenure, Fiori has been credited with increasing circulation in several ways, including making the magazine more fashion forward and, in recent years, making philanthropymore of a priority for the magazine.
Fiori also has pushed for more diversity in the magazine's coverage. In an effort to play down the magazine's perceived snobbish and
elitistWASP, or preppyimage, more celebritieshave been showing up on the magazine covers, and there has been an increase in the number of articles showcasing the events and weddings of socially prominent persons of African-American descent, as well as the social activities of people of other ethnicities.
In September 2003, a spin-off magazine entitled "Town & Country Travel" appeared. It is published quarterly. In September 2007, Town & Country Travel launched a travel website, [http://www.townandcountrytravelmag.com townandcountrytravelmag.com] ; its staff travel blog can be found [http://www.townandcountrytravelmag.com/blog here] . There is a special edition of the magazine focusing on wedding planning. In the past decade, several
etiquette, wedding and lifestyle guidebooks have also published by the magazine. Among the most recent books published by the magazine is "Modern Manners: The Thinking Person's Guide to Social Graces," released in 2005 and edited by "Town & Country" senior editor Thomas Farley.
* [http://www.townandcountrymag.com/ official website]
* [http://www.townandcountrytravelmag.com "Town & Country Travel"]
* [http://www.townandcountrytravelmag.com/blog Town & Country Travels blog]
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