|Vintage Pulp||Feb 12 2011|
The National Police Gazette began publishing in 1845, and after seventy-five years that encompassed the U.S. Civil War and the dawn of Prohibition it still wasn’t much of a magazine—at least in the sense modern readers recognize. All the subjects the Gazette would later explore in depth are present in this issue published ninety years ago today, on 12 February 1921, but at sixteen pages it's basically just a pamphlet. That all began to change in the early 1950s when the Gazette began expanding its page count as well as the breadth of its editorial content. The shift probably had to due with the growth of tabloid readership coupled with the need to compete with comprehensive scandal mags like Confidential, but we can’t confirm that just yet, so don't quote us. Anyway, we’ve posted the entire sixteen pages of this Gazette, just so you can have a look. It wasn’t much yet, but change was coming.