The Philadelphia Press

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The Philadelphia Press
TypeDaily newspaper
Founder(s)John Weiss Forney
EditorCharles Emory Smith (1880–1908)
FoundedAugust 1, 1857; 161 years ago (1857-08-01)
Ceased publicationOctober 1, 1920; 98 years ago (1920-10-01)
HeadquartersPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

The Philadelphia Press (or The Press) is a defunct newspaper that was published from August 1, 1857, to October 1, 1920.

The paper was founded by John Weiss Forney. Charles Emory Smith was editor and owned a stake in the paper from 1880 until his death in 1908. In 1920, it was purchased by Cyrus H. K. Curtis, who merged the Press into the Public Ledger.[1]

Before being published in book form, Stephen Crane's 1895 novel The Red Badge of Courage was serialized in The Philadelphia Press in 1894.[2] Earlier, in 1888, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow appeared in the paper in serialized form under the title "The Outlaws of Tunstall Forest," with illustrations by Alfred Brennan, before the first hardcover book publication by Charles Scribner's Sons.[3]

Notable contributors[edit]

The 'Philadelphia Four'[edit]

In addition to written contributions, illustrations were also produced for the newspaper. Four illustrators, each a member of the 'Charcoal Club' founded by Robert Henri, became known as the 'Philadelphia Four':

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Anonymous (17 March 1930). "Again, Curtis-Martin". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  2. ^ Keith Carrabine, "Introduction," The Red Badge of Courage & Other Stories, (Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth, 2003), xix.
  3. ^ Roger G. Swearingen, "The Prose Writings of Robert Louis Stevenson: A Guide" (Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1980).