The Press: Dickens, Dali & Others

One of the slickest of U.S. slick magazines was born—along with baseball, Buffalo Bill, the Pennsylvania Railroad, New York's first tattoo parlor and Carry Nation—100 years ago. This week, to show how gracefully it had grown old, it unveiled a centenary self-portrait that managed to appear both candid and flattering. The 348-page Christmas annual that came from the presses of swank, sophisticated Town & Country was the heaviest (2 Ibs. 11½ oz.) issue in its history. It was also the richest, with around $250,000 worth of ads.

The picture showed a Town & Country...

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