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Encyclopedia > Saturday Evening Post

There have been many publications called the Saturday Evening Post; several were/are local British newspapers.

The Saturday Evening Post was also a weekly magazine published in the United States from August 4, 1821 to February 8, 1969. For much of that period, it was published by Curtis Publishing Co. Curtis claimed, without any real historical backing, that the magazine was founded by Benjamin Franklin; obviously if the magazine's publication began in 1821 this was manifestly untrue as Franklin died in 1790.

Thereafter, there have been several attempts to revive it as a monthly (or even less frequent) publication specializing in nostalgia. The magazine is currently published six times a year by an organization called the "Benjamin Franklin Literary and Medical Society".

Aside from the decline of most general-interest magazines in the 1950s and 1960s, which is generally attributed to the rise of television, the demise of the original Post was hastened by its being ordered to pay $360,000, then a quite-considerable sum, in damages for libel after being sued for an article implying that football coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant and Wally Butts had conspired to "fix" a game between the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.

Artist Norman Rockwell did covers and illustrations for the magazine from 1916 through 1963; several of these are among his best-known works.

External links

  • http://www.satevepost.org

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