Charlotte Saturday Evening Post Scrapbook, 1951
The Saturday Evening Post's first issue was published on August 4, 1821, which establishes the Saturday Evening Post as the oldest magazine in the United States. Materials in this scrapbook include materials dated June 23, 1951. This edition features articles about Charlotte, letters and minutes from the Chamber of Commerce about the publication, a proclamation from the mayor Victor Shaw, and newspaper clippings about the events planned in Charlotte to celebrate the publication.
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Biographical / Historical
The first issue of the The Saturday Evening Post was published on August 4, 1821, which establishes the Saturday Evening Post as the oldest magazine in the United States. The early issues were printed using the same equipment that Benjamin Franklin used to publish The Pennsylvania Gazette.
Some of history’s most well-known figures are associated with this magazine, including Norman Rockwell as a cover artist, and literary legends Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe, JD Salinger, and Kurt Vonnegut. The Saturday Evening Post covered national news, with special focus in the earlier editions on the continued national growth the states were witnessing throughout the Monroe and Jackson presidencies.
In 1951, Charlotte Mayor Victor Shaw released a proclamation stating that June 20, 1951 be known as “Charlotte Post Day”. He asked the city to observe Charlotte Post Day with “gatherings of civic and other groups, special sales events, commendatory displays and other appropriate programs so that the national publicity accorded the City of Charlotte through the publication of this article may become even more widespread.”
As of 2019, The Saturday Evening Post continues to publish articles, illustrations, photography, and fiction/nonfiction. It seeks to promote, inspire, and empower artists and writers. Since 1976 it has existed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.
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Language of Materials
The Saturday Evening Post's first issue was published on August 4, 1821, which establishes the Saturday Evening Post as the oldest magazine in the United States. Materials in this scrapbook include newspaper clippings, telegrams, correspondence, invitations, and other miscellaneous documents relating to the Saturday Evening Post. The scrapbook is dated 1951 and is in good/fair condition.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The immediate source and date of acquisition for this collection is unknown.
Nilsson, Jeff. On Our Birthday, a Look at Our Earliest Issues: A look back at what was news-worthy in 1821 shows how little newspaper copy has changed. The Saturday Evening Post. Accessed April 2019. https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2011/08/sense-190-years/
Our Mission. The Saturday Evening Post. Accessed April 2019. https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/mission/
Good condition, but pages are fraying some on the edges.
The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll, March 2019.
- Charlotte Saturday Evening Post Scrapbook, 1951
- Sydney Carroll
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