Issued July 6, 1912
The recent Republican National Convention in Chicago (June 18 – 24) and the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore (June 25 – July 3) captivated the interest of many journalists.
In 1862 Alexandra of Denmark arrived in England to marry Edward VII. It was a special event as the recent railroad, the invention of photography and the absence of any royal celebration in England for quite some time made it possible that Alexandra was celebrated where ever she stopped and pictures of the Princess were sold in shops prior to the arrival. The City of London spent £40,000 on decorations and illuminations, and the result was a tumultuous reception for the bride.
With the 50th anniversary approaching, the Dowager Queen wanted to turn the special occasion into a way to raise money for charity. She developed an idea which would benefit the funds of London hospitals through the sale of artificial wild roses which were to be made by the disabled. The day was celebrate June 26, 1912 and was a great success. It raised £32,000 and the first rose was bought by Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith. The Illustrated London News shows blind women constructing some of the artificial roses sold for the event.
Frank Andrew Munsey was manager of the Augusta, Maine Western Union and gained insight on the newsprint industry as journalists and publishers used the telegraph as a vital tool. He moved from Maine to New York City in 1882 and became editor for GOLDEN ARGOSY magazine. After the publisher went bankrupt Munsey was able to take control of the magazine. In 1888 the name was changed to THE ARGOSY and printed on 7X10 inch untrimmed pulp paper becoming the first true pulp magazine. By 1903 circulation climbed to a half million copies per month. In 1912 Munsey introduced a new magazine, THE CAVALIER. It is also an all-fiction magazine that has action/adventure and what might be called early science fiction.