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LESLIE'S MONTHLY MAGAZINE. See FRANK LESLIE'S POPULAR MONTHLY
The history of Frank Leslie Popular Monthly is far less controversial than that of the people who created it. Begun in 1876, the magazine was at first only one in a legion of ever-changing publications under the Frank Leslie masthead. Leslie (born Henry Carter) became famous as an illustrator who devised a clever way to drastically reduce the amount of time needed to produce engravings of current events. In an era when it could take nearly four months for a double- page engraving to be made, Leslie's process ensured unprecedented topicality within days. Prosperity in the publishing business came with Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper in 1855, but during the 1860s his fortunes continued to prosper with the publication of the Chimney Corner, Pleasant Hours, and other general-interest magazines.
By 1876, Leslie was an established international success as a publisher. The Popular Monthly, the twelfth of his publications, offered a mix of light nonfiction and sentimental fiction not radically different from that in other, more expensive magazines. Graced by an attractive colored cover, the Popular Monthly of the 1870s was likely to contain a little over 100 pages per issue. Each issue was packed with features on travel, current events, one or two serials by such popular writers as Joaquin Miller and Etta Pierce, and individual short stories with titles like "Huldah's Revenge." Heavily illustrated, the magazine was an excellent value at $2.50 per year.