The Steven Lomazow Collection of American Periodicals

One of the largest periodical collection of all time. The Steven Lomazow Collection consists of almost 30 thousand issues dating back to the early 1700's.  A finer collection of periodical artwork you can't find any where else.


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Local ID: 10199

Estimated Value: $200

Title:  Midland Monthly
Category:  Miscellany
Volume:  1-2
Issue:  12
Date:  January-December 1894
Published in:  Des Moines, IA

The Midland Monthly was the creation of Johnson Brigham, an Iowa newspaperman, who felt Iowa needed and deserved a high quality literary and general-interest monthly. He succeeded in his aims from the very first. Contributors included Hamlin Garland, Octave Thanet, Emerson Hough, Edwin L. Sabin, Ellis Parker Butler, and others. The magazine also featured essays on Midwest history, profiles of prominent Midwesterners, and Iowa news. It was a handsome magazine, well printed and attractively illustrated. Mott says of the Midland, “It had a fine mood and quality, derived chiefly from its editor, who was a sound but gentle critic and whose reviews and editorial were of the magazine’s essence.” The magazine was not widely read or circulation outside of Iowa but it was a success until Brigham, appointed state librarian in 1898, was forced to sell it. The new proprietors made a go if it for less than a year.