Issued November 1, 1912
Francis Scott Street and Francis Shubael Smith began their publishing partnership in 1855. The company became a publisher of inexpensive novels and weekly magazines starting in the 1880’s.
Helen Dryden was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1887. As a very young girl, she designed and sold clothes for paper dolls which were very popular and were featured in newspapers. This led to a position as illustrator for the fashion section of the Philadelphia Public Ledger and The Philadelphia Press. After four years training with a famed landscape artist and one summer school session at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Dryden decided she had no real interest in landscape and focused her complete attention on fashion design and illustration. She moved to New York in 1909 and received little attention until Conde Nast took over VOGUE. Nast wanted to change the look of the magazine and hired Dryden immediately. Dryden has been doing VOGUE covers ever since.