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Before the National Enquirer
, The Star
and other gossip tabloids, there was the National Police Gazette
. Founded in 1845, it originally covered "highwaymen and suchlike malefactors, the thought being that the public would get on to the evil-doers and fix their wagons."
Thirty years later a new owner transformed 'the oldest weekly in America' into a full-on tabloid covering "murders, Wild West outlaws, and sport... well known for its engravings and photographs of scantily clad strippers, burlesque dancers, and prostitutes, often skirting on the edge of what [was] legally considered obscenity."
Some even consider it "America’s first popular men’s magazine."
The Gazette shut down in 1977, but has now been resurrected. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on May 2, 2013 -