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Publication Name:

The Inland Monthly

Years in print:

1872- 1878


The Inland Monthly Magazine, Miss Mary Nolan and Mrs. Charlotte Smith, editors and proprietors, made its appearance in March, 1872. During the first half year of its existence each number contained forty-eight pages of selected literary items, reprinted English stories, society gossip, "write-ups" of business men and commercial firms, lithographic portraits, local biographies, etc. Its only contributors were L.U. Reavis and Enrique Parmer. In July, 1872, Mrs. Smith became sole proprietor and enlarged The Inland to sixty-eight, and later on, to one hundred pages, and original articles only were used...A feature of the magazine was the early publication of the public lectures of Horace Greeley on "Education" and other topics. The Inland was the most intellectually democratic of the St. Louis magazines; its contents ranged from the most profound and scholarly papers on philosophical, scientific and historical themes, down to the most worthless love stories and society personals. During the last two years of its existence it was issued from Chicago.
(From the Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri by Alexander N. De Menil, 1901).

Early in 1872, Mrs. Charlotte Smith and Miss Mary Nolan founded the Inland Monthly. This was exclusively a woman's paper. Not only was the type set up by lady compositors, but Miss Nolan often made up the "forms" herself, work usually done by men. Owing to disagreements in regard to management, Miss Nolan retired in about four months and established a magazine of her own. Under Mrs. Smith's conduct the Inland Monthly attained considerable celebrity, and was a promising literary experiment. Subsequently she brought out editions simultaneously in St. Louis and Chicago, and finally moved the magazine to the latter place, where it died in 1878-79...It was admittedly one of the best publications of its kind in the West.
(From the History of St. Louis City and County by John Thomas Scharf, 1883).

The Inland Monthly was started in March, 1872, by Mrs. Charlotte Smith, a lady of great force of character and marked ability. Since its establishment, it has been, for the greater portion of the time, under her control and management. As editress and proprietress, she has won for it a position and standing. The Inland aspires to occupy a field, not only literary, but is designed to stimulate and promote the ideas and interests of the Valley of the Mississippi. As such, it deserves the highest consideration, as well as the most liberal patronage from the people of the West and South.
(From Mercantile, Industrial and Professional St. Louis by Ernst D. Kargan, 1902).

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