ON THIS DAY.. Harpers Bazaar was published

Originally titled Harper's Bazar (with only one ‘a’), this ground-breaking periodical was founded by Harper & Brothers, a New York–based publishing firm, and described itself as "a repository of fashion, pleasure, and instruction."

It was America's first fashion-oriented magazine, and went down like a 50% sale at A.T. Stewarts (New York’s original department store).

The firm selected Mary Louise Booth, a 36-year-old writer, journalist, and translator to be editor. A bold decision considering her active role in the women's-rights and -suffrage movements, but ultimately the correct one as Mary steered the title on its path to becoming one of the most celebrated women’s titles in the world.

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