Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950 - Trial access to 20 December 2013
Liberty: A Weekly for Everybody was founded in 1924 by Joseph Patterson, publisher of the New York Daily News and Robert McCormick, publisher of the Chicago Tribune. From its inception, they set out to make the magazine more topical, daring and exciting than any competitors. Information was presented in a style heavily influenced by the emerging motion picture industry and focused on the most sensational and popular issues. During the following 26 years the magazine charted the moods, attitudes, lifestyles, fads, and fortunes of middle America through its three most significant decades. The magazineís ongoing circulation of more than 3 million weekly was founded on the high quality and originality of its art, stories, and other features. Its prominence and willingness to pay for the best attracted original contributions from the greatest artists, writers, celebrities and statesmen of the age. Liberty represents far more than the original "Weekly for Everybody" and a slice of Americana; it opens a unique and permanent perspective on a nation’s daily life, interests and values during a most vital and extraordinary period.