|Editor||Maurice M. Minton (1890–94); C.F. Nirdlinger (1894–96); Francis Bellamy (1897–98); Roland Burke Hennessey (1898–1900)|
|Publisher||Lorillard Spencer (1890–97)|
|Year founded||February 22, 1890|
|Based in||New York City|
The Illustrated American was a weekly American periodical published from 1890 until 1900. It primarily covered current events (with illustrations), but also contained other miscellaneous content and some fiction.
The publication has been described as the first photographic weekly news magazine in the United States. It was first published on February 22, 1890, out of offices located in New York City, selling for 25 cents an issue, or 10 dollars per year. The price dropped to a more competitive 10 cents per issue after 1892.
Publisher Lorillard Spencer fronted the money for the new publication, and was its owner until 1897, when it was sold to a group led by Amédée Baillot de Guerville, who in turn sold the publication to Patterson and Roland Burke Hennessey. The publication's circulation reached 40,000 by 1892, but declined after Spencer sold it, and it last appeared in 1900.
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- (January 1890). News and Notes, The Writer, p. 21 ("It is promised that the illustrations shall be of the best (as they should be, considering that the price is to be ten dollars a year), and that each number shall contain a colored supplement.")
- Monteiro, Georbe. "The Illustrated American and Stephen Crane's Contemporary Reputation", Serif (Dec. 1969), 6:49-54
- (15 March 1912) LORILLARD SPENCER IS DEAD.; Prominent In Society and Clubs Here and in Newport, The New York Times (Spencer was the father of Lorillard S. Spencer and married to Caroline Berryman Spencer)
- Bearor, Karen. "The Illustrated American and the Lakota Ghost Dance", in American Periodicals, Vol. 21, No. 2 (2011), pp. 143-163
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