monthly, July 1845-1881; semimonthly, 1882-June 1894; monthly, July 1894- February 1897.
John S. Skinner, 2 April 1819-27 August 1830, Baltimore; I. Irvine Hitchcock, 3 September 1830-28 April 1835, Baltimore; Sinclair and Moore and Robert Sinclair, Jr., d-21 November 1836, Baltimore; E. P. Roberts and Sands and Neilson, 29 November 1836-24 October 1837, Baltimore; E. P. Roberts and Samuel Sands, 31 October 1837-22 May 1839, Baltimore; Samuel Sands, 29 May 1839-June 1854, Baltimore; Samuel Sands and N. B. Worthington, July 1854-June 1858, Baltimore; N. B. Worthington, July 1858-1859, Baltimore; N. B. Worthington and Theos. B. Lewis, 1860-1869, Baltimore; Frank Lewis, 1870-1871, Baltimore; Samuel Sands and Son, 1872-July 1891, Baltimore; William H. Sands, August 1891-December 1891, Baltimore; Farmer's Publishing Company, 1 January 1892-February 1892, Middletown, Maryland; American Farmer Company, 15 February 1892-February 1897, Washington, D.C.
John S. Skinner, 2 April 1819-27 August 1830; Gideon Smith, 3 September 1830-25 October 1833; I. Irvine Hitchcock, 1 November 1833-28 April 1835; E. P. Roberts, 5 May 1835-23 April 1839; John S. Skinner, 29 May 1839-18 August 1841; no editor given, 25 August 1841-December 1871; Samuel Sands and William B. Sands, January 1872-15 July 1891; William B. Sands, 1 August 1891-15 December 1891; no editor given, 1 January 1892-February 1897.
Of the popular history magazines that have appeared since World War II, the most successful and influential has been American Heritage. For over thirty years it has presented the American past to a wide audience, and though its fortunes have declined since the fifties and sixties, it remains the standard of quality by which similar publications must be measured.
The creative force behind this success story was James Parton, who drew upon two popular history efforts already underway. 1
One was American Heritage itself--the original version--a quarterly started in 1949 by Earle W. Newton, publisher of Vermont Life, for a mere $2,000. 2 Backed by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), this early American Heritage was patriotic and chauvinistic, grassroots and folksy. It published articles on such topics as the Franklin stove and colonial craftsmen. Special issues covered topics of regional interest, and the editors encouraged members of local historical societies to do research and present their findings. Newton and his contributors were unpaid, yet by 1952 the magazine found 17,000 subscribers. Despite this success, the small AASLH found it burdensome to edit and distribute the magazine, and in 1954 turned over control of it to Parton and