The first edition of “Good Housekeeping" magazine was published on this day in 1885 — one of many publications that would eventually be purchased by American businessman William Randolph Hearst’s media conglomerate known as Hearst Communications. Publisher Clark W. Bryan founded “Good Housekeeping” and it quickly achieved a circulation of 300,000, and after nearly three decades of trying to purchase the magazine, Hearst’s corporation absorbed the publication in 1911. Subscriptions continued to rise — even during the Great Depression — with the magazine’s circulation hitting a peak of 5.5 million per month in 1966.
“News is what people don't want you to print. Everything thing else is ads.” —
William Randolph Hearst