Frank Andrew Munsey
(21 August 1854 – 22 December 1925) was an American
newspaper and magazine publisher and author. He was born in Mercer
but spent most of his life in New York City
. The village of Munsey Park, New York
is named for him.
Munsey is credited with the idea of using new high-speed printing presses
to print on inexpensive, untrimmed, pulp paper in order to mass produce affordable (typically ten-cent) magazines. Chiefly filled with various genres of action and adventure fiction, thet were aimed at working-class readers who could not afford and were not interested in the content of the 25-cent "slick" magazines of the time. This innovation, known as pulp magazines
, became an entire industry unto itself and made Munsey quite wealthy. He often shut down the printing process and changed the content of magazines when they became unprofitable, quickly starting new ones in their place.
Early in life, Munsey ran a general store
, at which he failed. He next became a telegraph
operator and then manager of the Augusta, Maine Western Union
telegraph office. Publishing was a formidable industry in Augusta at the time. Munsey was very ambitious, and being in charge of the telegraph office (a vital connection for the news media of his day) gave him a unique insight of the printing business. In 1882 he moved from Augusta to New York City and entered the publishing industry, having used his savings to purchase rights to several stories. He formed a... Read More