During the decade of Graham's decline, it had a different look. Sentimental poetry and short stories were still dominant features, but there were new features such as the Monthly Summary, which apprised readers of the news of the country and the world. Other features were Recipes for the House and Toilet, Medical Suggestions, Fashion Gossip, the Ladies Work Table, and Editor's Easy Talk. Finally, in the December 1858 issue, this announcement appeared, signed by the publishers, Watson and Company:
Owing to arrangements which have been for some time in preparation, it becomes our duty to inform our readers that after the first of January next, Graham's Magazine will be incorporated with a new publication to be entitled the American Monthly.
It is not clear, however, what exactly did happen to Graham's magazine. According to Mott, it appears to have become the Ladies Illustrated Magazine, which was swallowed into "blind oblivion." 14
Graham's Magazine was a significant magazine in its time and remains so for a number of reasons. It was one of the first literary magazines to pay well for contributions, and it published some fine essays and stories by the best-known writers of the day along with its popular sentimental pieces. Its list of contributors is impressive, and the use of colored plates set a new standard for the monthlies. In addition, Graham's is said to have begun "magazinish writing in contradistinction from the dull and heavy review style all too prominent at that time." 15 A magazine that at one time claimed a circulation of 40,000 must be recognized as a major publication in the mid-nineteenth century; one with the contributors of Graham's must be recognized as not just popular but significant.
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Publication information: Book title: American Mass-Market Magazines. Contributors: Alan Nourie - Editor, Barbara Nourie - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1990. Page number: 142.
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